Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has dismissed claims that Nigerians were unhappy with President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that only Nigerians who benefited from the looting of the past administration were unhappy with the president.
The governor’s statement is coming one day after a group of Catholic bishops paid a visit to the president in which they told him that he had lost much of his goodwill with Nigerians owing to “glaring failures”.
However, Bello after observing Ju’mat prayer at the Presidential Villa on Friday, told State House correspondents that it was only corrupt politicians who were angry since the Buhari administration had blocked avenues through which funds were looted.
“The question is who are those Nigerians who are angry?” he asked.
“The category of Nigerians that are angry are those who used a private jet to cart away Nigeria’s money, in dollars, out of the country to South Africa (in reference to the case of alleged money laundering involving a former president of Christian Association of Nigeria).
“I’m sure you are away that our money is still locked down there, such money if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youth who are unemployed will surely be employed.
“And of course those that have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithe are no longing doing so of course, this is the category of people who are angry.”
He added that there were many Nigerians who were impressed with the Buhari administration.
“Among those happy with the current administration are farmers and those with real jobs… because the economy is improving,” he said.
“Our foreign reserve is increasing. I think those that are benefiting from these crimes and criminality will be angry and they are Nigerians. So it is important to define the category of people who are angry.
“I want to urge Nigerians to continue to appreciate Mr President, pray for him so that the good work he has started he will complete it, so that Nigeria will be out of the woods.”
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