Femi Adeshina, in a statement, has reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria in a better state than when he assumed office in 2015, with improved security and a diversified economy. The President has been accused of nepotism and favoritism in his appointments, particularly in the security sector. However, the Presidency defended these appointments, stating that security should not be subjected to ethnic balancing or federal character.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, appeared on Channels Television and highlighted the achievements of the Buhari administration. Adesina pointed out that prior to Buhari’s tenure, 17 local government areas in the northern part of the country were under the control of insurgents, but now none are under Boko Haram’s control.
Adesina further explained that the President has the prerogative to appoint security heads based on merit and their ability to help secure the country, without being constrained by ethnic balancing or federal character. He emphasized that the President has kept his promises and made tough decisions for the betterment of Nigeria’s security.
Regarding the economy, Adesina emphasized that the Buhari administration has successfully diversified the economy, reducing the country’s dependence on oil. He noted that oil now contributes less than 10% of Nigeria’s GDP, compared to 90% in the past. The economy has been diversified with a focus on agriculture, information and communication technology (ICT), and manufacturing, contributing to Nigeria’s GDP.
Adesina also pointed out that Nigeria recorded the lowest number of deaths in 2022, indicating positive progress in addressing insurgency and insecurity. He acknowledged that no life should be lost ideally, but the reduction in deaths compared to previous years is a positive sign.