24 April 2016
In what would be described as not the soothing relief Nigerians are expecting to the trying times the country is currently going through, the Presidency has stated that achieving change would not be an easy process.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu disclosed on Sunday, that the President ordered for a provision of 10,000 tons of grains from the national grains reserve for national distribution to ease the hike in food price.
The Presidency, however, rebuffed speculations that poverty and inadequacy were resulting products of this ongoing change. Shehu stated that: “This should be dismissed as an erroneous and misplaced opposition criticism. The President understands the pain and the cries of the citizens of this country and he is spending sleepless nights over how he can make life better for everyone.”
“Contrary to assertions by a faction of the opposition Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), the President’s energy and focus are on changing the life of Nigerians, with a view to making it better than he met it.”
“Change is a process. Change does not happen overnight. Change can be inconvenient. Change sometimes comes with pain. Over the past year, the government has been working night and day to deliver on its promise of change to Nigerians, and the painful process is still ongoing.”
“This is work in progress. As life gradually returns to normal in much of the country and the northeast, in particular, agriculture will resume and traders from neighboring African countries will once again feel safe to do business with us, yet another boost for our economy.”
For empowerment, the President has also instructed the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh to ensure that all the able-bodied men and women in IDP camps be assisted to immediately return to farming.