President Muhammadu Buhari has defended his performance in the last 30 days, dismissing an assessment by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party that the president failed in his first month in office.
The party had said in a statement Sunday that since Mr. Buhari took power, Nigeria has been in a motion without movement.
The party lambasted Mr. Buhari for failing to form his cabinet after four weeks, and not outlining clear plans for the nation. It urged Nigerians to pray for the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
But in its reaction, the presidency said the Nigerian “stable” was being cleaned of filth left behind by past PDP governments.
The presidency said the effort requires scrupulous and painstaking planning, more so as the Buhari administration is “naturally contemplative of its every move”.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said given that all sectors of “national life was devalued”, it would require “meticulousness and sure-footedness to repair all the breaches”.
Read full statement from the presidency:
“It is amusing to read what the National Publicity Secretary of the defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, considers a 30 days appraisal of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“He wants Nigerians to join hands in prayers for the government, so that things would begin to move. What he does not know is that Nigerians had long formed such coalition.
“They are hands in hands, and that was what gave victory to President Buhari in the March 28, 2015 poll. They had teamed up to uproot an administration that had brought the country to her knees, and was about to tip her off the precipice.
“And Nigerians have resolved that never would they allow any government to divide them along regional, religious and ethnic fault lines again.
“The Buhari administration is naturally contemplative because there was absolutely no rhyme or reason to the way PDP ran the country, particularly in the immediate past dispensation.
“That is why the Augean Stable is being cleaned now, and it requires scrupulous and painstaking planning.
“Across all sectors, our national life was devalued, and it takes meticulousness and sure-footedness to repair all the breaches.
“This, the Buhari administration will deliver.
“Metuh talks of people round the President conniving with bureaucrats to syphon money from the treasury.
“This must be deja vu, as it was the pastime of the immediate past administration, and the enormity of the sleaze will be evident when stolen money, to the tune of billions of dollars, is recovered, and returned to the national treasury soon.
“In the process of time, after all that is being planned by the current administration has matured, and bearing fruits, Nigerians will be able to determine who is serving them acceptably, and who has taken them for a ride. It is just a matter of time.
“Meanwhile, Metuh and his masters can only rue the missed opportunities to make salutary impact on the lives of Nigerians. They have a long road of regrets to travel,” the statement said.