The Muslim Rights Concern has expressed why the good works achieved by former President Muhammadu Buhari, while in office, can’t be rubbish by anybody.
Making this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Executive Director, described Buhari as standing tall among all past leaders of Nigeria.
He said, “We as a group always find it amusing when some people try to rubbish the achievements of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari. He stands tall among all past leaders of Nigeria.
“Apart from the first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, the former Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and former military head of state, Muritala Muhammed, no other Nigerian leader stands to be counted for altruism, patriotism, transparency, credibility and integrity like Muhammadu Buhari.
“Those who describe Buhari as a failure are either being deliberately mischievous to scoresufferlitical points or suffering from collective amnesia. Judged from the standpoint of the circumstances of the time, Buhari achieved a lot for Nigeria.”
Akintola added: “Seventeen out of Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas were under the full control of Boko Haram when Buhari took over in 2015. It was so bad that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said Boko Haram was controlling the size of Belgium.
”But Buhari pushed them back and recovered all the territories. Nigerian troops who used to flee to Niger or Chad during fierce clashes with insurgents due to lack of better weapons became emboldened under the Daura-born president.
“This was made possible because instead of diverting funds meant for weapons and military hardware, Buhari made Nigeria’s money count. He strengthened the military by purchasing the most sophisticated weaponry from everywhere in the world, including American Tucano fighting jets and attack helicopters.
“This was a president who miraculously escaped the most deadly assassination attempt in history. He was exposed to the most perfect gas poisoning plot of all times and was pronounced dead by his adversaries on different occasions.”
”But like the cat with nine lives, Buhari lived on. Of course, this attempt on his life took its toll on him as he lay incommunicado for five months.
“His list of achievements includes, but is not limited to, the Mambilla Hydropower project of 3050 megawatts which he started 40 years after it was abandoned.