OrderPaperToday – The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun, has described the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in two years as ‘astonishing’ and ‘spirit-lifting.’
Speaking during the presentation of the Mid-Term Score Card of the President on Thursday, Odigie-Oyegun said “President Buhari has provided exemplary leadership for the country and demonstrated the political will and solid commitment to the task of building a new Nigeria in line with the Change Agenda promised to the electorate.”
The party chairman also heaped praises on Buhari for taking a stance against devaluation of the naira which he said, eventually led to “great stability and the exchange rate that looked a few months ago like it was running away from us has now been brought under control.”
He said: “The sheer scope of achievements of this administration recorded in this publication is simply astonishing. Even as the Chairman of the party, I am getting a much fuller understanding of the depth and breadth of some of these accomplishments. What this means is that we need to do more in propagating our achievements. We have a good trumpet to blow. We have good reasons to blow it. So, let us go out and blow it very well.
“I have heard some people accuse us of denying some of our campaign promises and I wonder what they are talking about. The manifesto of any political party must necessarily contain two categories of promises – those that are achievable immediately and within the lifespan of the administration and; those that are aspirational.
“We are only slightly beyond the halfway mark in our first four years, yet have achieved so much, so Nigerians have good reason to look forward to the future with great hope. Yes, there are real challenges that people face everyday. We have accepted the responsibility to improve the quality of lives of every Nigerian. This clearly is already work very much in progress.”
On the naira, Odigie-Oyegun said: “In the early days of the administration, we all feared that the exchange rate between the Naira and the US Dollars was heading towards the disgraceful. At the time, the experts were calling on the government to allow Naira to find its level; some were saying we should devalue. Mr. President stuck to his gun not to devalue the Naira. Today, he has been proved right. Through careful interventions and monetary policies, we have witnessed great stability and the exchange rate that looked a few months ago like it was running away from us has now been brought under control.”