Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari for Media and Publicity, has stated that Nigeria is experiencing hardship, describing it as a global trend.
Shehu disclosed this on Monday on Channels TV’s Politics Today in response to questions about recent remarks made by Buhari regarding the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the security challenge plaguing many parts of the country, and the ongoing lines at several filling stations.
He stated that despite the conditions in which the government found itself, such as the consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, which have crippled the global economy, the Buhari-led administration had achieved tremendous progress to improve the lives of Nigerians.
He stated, “He has largely resolved such issues. Consider one of the occurrences that have occurred. The true core of such a disaster is the North East and the South South, where even oil extraction, the economic linchpin, has become nearly impossible.
“The South South is once more at peace, but new challenges have emerged. All of these things you’ve described are true; just as there is trouble in the United States, there is difficulty in every region of the globe.
“This is a common occurrence; leaders across the globe are being criticised by their constituents. All theses are a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. The majority of this petroleum we consume is imported.
“Therefore, all of these things are affected by the war in Ukraine and who supplies it, but thanks to the president’s expansive agricultural vision, we eat what we grow and grow what we eat.”
Garba Shehu defended Buhari’s right to appeal on behalf of Nigerians in response to the president’s recent remarks about ASUU.
He stated, “The president is permitted to file an appeal on behalf of Nigerians.” It has been six months since the strike began. Does one have the right to insist on receiving 100 percent of their grievances? This agreement was reached by the government in 2009.”
Shehu remarked that there are further regions requiring comparable care, stating that the problem had been handed from one government to the next.
He said, “Why is Buhari’s neck being held? What took place in the past? Why did they not suffocate the previous administrations over these issues?”