Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), while receiving the Prestigious Benin National Congress (BNC) Award, said that Nigerians were happy with President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term in office and wanted him to return in back again 2019.
According to Oyegun, the honour came at a good time, especially after surviving conspiracy and plot which he said was aimed at removing him from office as APC chairman.
He added that several allegations were made against him, but God vindicated him at the end of investigations.
“President Buhari was not elected by the elites but by the ordinary people of this country. They look up to him as a symbol. He has that attribute which the ordinary Nigerians are saying that is what they need. I accept that it may not be rosy now but I can tell you that what Buhari inherited was worse than what people thought. At the time he took over, there was no kobo anywhere in the treasury. The price of crude oil collapsed and that is why we are experiencing hardship today. But the good news is that for the first time, this country is building an economic base that is based on the sweat of Nigerians.
“We will never again suffer from the collapse of crude oil. Today agriculture is booming, today we are self- sufficient in the production of agro- products. President Buhari has concluded plans to deliver 3,500 megawatts of electricity to us. We took over a totally collapsed country. But today, things have started to solidify. Our economy is growing and Nigeria will never experience that type of recession we witnessed. Let me emphasise that the change mantra is not electricity, it is not water, but changing our morals, doing what is right, changing our attitude, a system that rewards competence and productivity. So, we must change those bad aspects of our lives so that we will enjoy the Nigeria that we all crave for. That is the Nigeria that President Buhari intends to put in place for all,” he added.