The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has claimed that the country is doing better compared to previous years.
Ahmed stated this during an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, November 11.
When she was asked if it is appropriate for Nigerians to be disappointed in the Buhari-led government, she responded that the government has been wrongly assessed as growth indices have indicated that that country is becoming better.
She said: ”I think this government has been unfairly assessed and unfairly treated. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has done extremely well. If you look at the growth indicators of the country, they are all positive. Things are improving. It’s just that people want to see improvements like between today and tomorrow, It doesn’t work like that because the degradation didn’t happen overnight.
“Where we are right now didn’t happen overnight. It was a process. So the improvement is a process. It is sad that some people are suffering but we really need to do what we have to do now so that everybody would have relief in the medium term and long term.”
She also explained that the reason for the outrageous food prices was the amount spent on transportation.
”I sympathise with the citizens. The President is pained by the hardship that citizens undertake especially in terms of food prices. When you look at why food prices are high. There are several consequential reasons but one of the major reasons is the cost of transportation of moving goods from farms to market.”