President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of improved electricity supply next year, saying the use of a one-stroke engine generator called “I pass my neighbor” would reduce in the country.
The president stated this Tuesday on Freedom Radio during a special Hausa interview anchored by his Personal Assistant on Broadcast Media, Sha’aban Sharada.
While assuring the citizens of improvement in their welfare in the coming year, the president called on Nigerians to make introspection on the kind of country they want to bequeath to their children and grandchildren.
“On our side, we will ensure the judicious use of public resources to provide electricity such that from barbers, to restaurant owners, among others get stable supply of power. This will reduce pressure in buying gas, petrol and use of ‘I pass my neighbor’,” he said.
Mr. Buhari also said he is aware some Nigerians were complaining that his administration did not hit the ground running.
“I am aware some Nigerians are saying they are tired that we did not walk the talk. By mid next year they will see action,” he declared.
The president expressed displeasure that despite his commitment to the welfare of the common man, especially in the payment of salaries of workers, Niger Delta militants were sponsored to destabilize the government.
“The wealth of the nation belongs to the whole nation, nobody should claim ownership of the wealth,” he added.
“Probably people may wish to know why in the past years, the South South militants were not seen vandalising oil pipelines until we came on board?” he asked rhetorically.
He said from 1999 to 2014, the crude output was about 2.1million daily and sold at an average cost of 100 dollar per barrel, saying the output reduced and the price crashed to about 37 dollar per barrel when he assumed office.
“I looked at the situation and wondered why we didn’t save for the rainy day. I wondered where are the issues of rail lines, roads, electricity. I asked what did they do with the money? I was told they bought food and paid for oil importation. They were simply feasting on the money.
Mr. Buhari then reaffirmed his commitment to fight against corruption, saying the level of corruption was deep.
“On bribery and corruption, we ensure that the suspects are prosecuted, because the level of theft is unlimited,” he added.