President Muhammadu Buhari has asked critics of his administration to judge his performance with fairness and equity.
Speaking when he received the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Reverend Yakubu Pam, at the State House in Abuja on Thursday, Buhari asked his critics to consider all factors before rating his performance.
He also asked his critics to consider where the country was in 2015 and where it is currently, the resources available to work with and how much had been achieved with the available resources.
Buhari said: “Those criticising the administration should be fair in terms of reflecting on where we were before we came, where we are now and what resources are available to us and what we have done with the limited resources.
“We had to struggle paying debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding, to revamp the rail and try to get power. This is what I hope the elite when they want to criticise will use to compare notes.”
On the security situation especially in the Northeast, the President said: “What was the situation when we came? Try and ask people from Borno or from Adamawa for that matter and Yobe. What was the condition before we came and what is the condition now?
“Still, there are problems in Borno and Yobe, there are occasional Boko Haram problems, but they know the difference because a lot of them moved out of their states and moved to Kaduna, Kano and here (in Abuja). We were not spared of the attacks at a time. The government is doing its best and I hope that eventually, our best will be good enough.”
He commended Pam on his appointment and activities on peacebuilding around the country despite his short time in the saddle.
Buhari, however, assured the cleric of the listening ear of the government whenever he had contributions to make.
In his remarks, Pam said the Commission has proposed to host Christian religious leaders in a summit to help douse pressures within the polity, among other plans.
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