President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, September 29 spoke at an event titled, “The Conversation: an evening with creative youths and he said he will not stop putting the blame on his predecessors for Nigeria’s woes, despite the criticisms of many for Nigerians to know what went wrong with the country.
The conversation, an evening with creative youths, was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President’s wife, Aisha; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo; as well as governors and other top government officials were in attendance.
President Buhari said:
“I am going to bore you with what we met. I know that I am being accused in the papers of passing the buck, but passing the buck is sometimes absolutely necessary to remind people who take things for granted.
“When we came in, I screamed to high heavens because I had promised a lot while seeking votes.
“I asked, where is the saving? There was no saving. There was no infrastructure, power, rails, roads, there was none. What did we spend the money on? I was told (on) buying food and petrol.
“Where were the billions going? We conducted a study and found out that the oil marketers were committing fraud on at least one-third of what they were importing, which was about 25 per cent of our foreign exchange.
“The youth must watch our elite, especially with the condition in which we have found ourselves. It is unpatriotic for anybody to pretend that economically we have no problem.
“I have bored you with this long explanation because there are things that could be hidden from you by those that have mismanaged the country in the last 16, 17 years.”