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General News of Thursday, 5 January 2023


Buhari ought to be praised - Ngige

President Muhammadu Buhari and Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour President Muhammadu Buhari and Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has said that President Buhari ought to be praised and not criticized.

He said this while dismissing claims that President Buhari is responsible for the hunger and high cost of living across the country.

According to Ngige, hunger is a global problem as there are lots of people around the world protesting about the same problem.

Speaking to the press in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Wednesday, January 4, Ngige said that Buhari since he took over has president, he has been able to carry out infrastructures in the South East.

He slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment that states that the last seven years under the Buhari administration has been hell for Nigerians.

In his response to Obasanjo’s statement, he questioned what poverty alleviation measures Obasanjo put in place while he ruled for eight years.

“I was the one who brought Buhari to the South East in 2015. As the South East Zonal Coordinator, I told the General that the bridge is critical to our people and the entire South, all the way up to North Central. The General asked if we could do it, and I said, ‘Why not?.’ The same question he asked at the Ziks Mausoleum completion, and he told me that if God made him president, he would construct the bridge and complete the abandoned mausoleum for our people.

I was the one who brought to the fore in our South East campaign the Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, and Enugu Airport renovation and remodelling, for which the Federal Government gave the Minister of Aviation, N10bn, the authority to execute the upgrade as critical infrastructural projects needed by the zone. Today, the tarmac was reconstructed and the runway expanded from one to three kilometres with modern night lighting systems and navigational aids and several other projects.

So, President Buhari ought to be praised, but they will tell you that people are dying of hunger. Hunger is a global problem. If you go to the news, you will see white people protesting against hunger and the high cost of living in Europe and elsewhere,” he said.

“Disregard those politicians who will come and tell you that the Buhari administration inflicted hardship and poverty on you. One of them wrote a letter the other day, the habitual national letter writer. It is easy to criticize,” he said.