Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, says Nigerians should be deeply grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for fixing the country.
Speaking to journalists in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Sunday, Ngige said Nigerians should be “clapping” for the Buhari government “on a daily basis”.
The minister said the situation of the country could have been worse if Buhari had not emerged president in 2015.
He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) met the country in “tatters” when it dislodged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) three years ago.
“I want you to take something away and that thing is that any other person handling this situation; economy, security, it would have been worse,” he said.
“We are wonderful with the economy; nobody, I mean no person would have done better than this present government in those two areas.
“We came in and oil nosedived to 37 dollars a barrel with a production of 600,000 per day, a drop from 2.2 million and yet we managed the economy out of recession.
“Nigerians should be clapping for us on daily basis, and after thanking God, they should thank us. Yes, because God has used Buhari and some of us to make Nigeria work.”
Ngige said the Buhari-led administration has created over eight million jobs through agriculture and allied industries, adding that previous governments had depended on oil money, failing to diversify the economy.
“We’ve encouraged people and said there is dignity in labour with the hand. Today, we are second to America in world production of sorghum; today, we are importing about four percent of the rice needs of the country,” he said.
“Prior to that, this country was spending $5m daily on rice and about $1.8b annually on rice importation. And you don’t want to clap for us!”
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