By Sola Muyideen in Ilorin
President Goodluck Jonathan has descended on critics of his administration including former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Chukwuma Soludo, saying they have refused to see anything good his administration has done in the last four years.
Addressing the people of Kwara State during his campaign held on Monday at the Metropolitan Square, Ilorin, Jonathan said his administration had improved Nigeria’s economy, a fact he said had been attested to by the World Bank and reported by the Cable Network News(CNN).
“And some people talk about the economy. The economy you all know has become the largest in Africa. It was not by chance, we work with the private sector.
“A few days ago, CNN announced that Nigeria had joined other nations where the economy will blossom. If CNN can say that who is the economist in Nigeria that says what the world has seen about Nigeria is not correct? Who is the economist that can tell me that he is superior to the economists in the World Bank? “Who is the economist in Nigeria that can tell me he is superior to the economist in the IMF? Who is the economist in Nigeria that can tell me that he is sharper or better focused than the CNN?
“People should stop deceiving Nigerians. We are working hard to move this country forward and we will work with the people of Kwara State to move the state forward.”
The president promised that the war against insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country will begin to yield more fruitful results in the next few weeks as new measures would be put in place to curtail the insurgents.
Also speaking at the Palace of Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, the president reiterated the federal government’s readiness to end insurgency in the North-east saying several measures are underway to make the issue of insurgency a thing of the past.
The president reaffirmed the determination of his administration to continue embarking on measures that would improve the wellbeing of Nigerians and told the monarch his government had embarked on various transformation programmes in the last four years and wish to continue if voted back in February.
Responding, the Emir of Ilorin, commended President Jonathan’s administration for transforming Nigeria’s economy and urged him to restore peace to the North-eastern region of the country to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
The Emir thanked the president for finding time to visit the state’s traditional council and assured him that Nigeria would be better for all if the current peaceful effort is sustained to guarantee harmony in the country.