Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has tagged as fake and unfounded the recent report by the Centre for Democracy and Development which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had only achieved 1 out of his 222 tracked electoral promises.
According to him, no sincere Nigerian will fail to recognise the courage of the President to tackle corruption in a country where impunity was once celebrated.
The presidential spokesman added that within seven months, Buhari had successfully blocked the leakages in the system.
He said as a result of these efforts, the Nigeria Customs Service had quadrupled its revenue base within seven months, a feat the service could not achieve in years.
He also pointed out that progress was being made to recover stolen funds and that an escrow account has been opened for that purpose.
“He (Buhari) is making good strides towards improving governance by tackling corruption. Till date, a good number of persons believed to have collectively stolen billions from taxpayers have been arrested and are facing the courts.
“We are working with our allies across the world from Britain and America to France and Germany to China and the UAE to source, locate and repatriate misappropriated funds.
“So far, an escrow account has been opened for money that is being returned. This is only the start. The return of stolen funds is important, but it is just as critical to ensure that those who seek to steal realise that no longer will there be such impunity in Nigeria.”
He said Buhari’s war against corruption and terrorism had become a template for Africa and the rest of the world.
The presidential spokesman said it was, however, ironic that at home, some individuals were not prepared to give these successes the recognition they deserved.
Shehu said, “The latest CDD episode is a shocking reminder to their failed attempt to hold the President to ‘100 promises in 100 days’ which disastrously crashed on the head of the proponent.
“The elevation of the act to a new high of 220 promises is a knee-jerk reaction that seeks to play to the gallery and score points against the President.”
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