Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has expressed disappointment with Nigerians wishing President Muhammadu Buhari dead, saying the president will outlive all of them.
Speaking yesterday, while addressing pro-Buhari protesters, from Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria, at Unity Fountain, Abuja, Lawal argued that with the solid foundation the current administration had laid, Nigeria would never return to the pro-2015 era, especially by the time President Buhari finishes his second tenure in office.
While reassuring Nigerians that the economy would be buoyant as from next year, the SGF lamented that those who crumbled the country were the ones accusing government of going at a slow speed.
He said: “I’m here to thank you for the support you have rendered this government. As a government, we are encouraged by your support. It is this type of support that encourages the president to do more. We want to assure you that this government is on top of the situation.
“As much as we understand the challenges we are facing, there is no cure without medicine. It is for no reason that quinine is very bitter, but after you have taken it, you get well.
“Baba Buhari didn’t anticipate the problem we are in. I’m sure you are all aware. The people who caused this problem are the ones challenging the government. I tell you that they will fail, in the name of God. In fact, they have failed.
“You are aware of the economy the president inherited, the economy in which revenue has virtually collapsed. The infrastructure was nowhere to be seen. The roads were dilapidated. The schools were dilapidated. The hospitals were abandoned. The people who caused it are not worried. Shamelessly, they accused the president of not performing. And, in fact, some of them wished him dead. But I can assure you that, by the grace of God, he will outlive all of them.
“I assure you that by the grace of God, in the next one year, Nigeria will have a booming economy. We know what they are doing to sabotage the activities of government to bring Nigeria back to economic prosperity. They will fail. Nigeria will never go back to the position it was before 2015. The foundation being laid by the government is solid. And nobody, even after the president has finished his eight years, can ever take us back to the pre-2015 days.”