By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he suspects that behind the Boko Haram plight we are facing are international groups bent on destroying Nigeria.
He made the statement while delivering a keynote address at a luncheon organized by the Kano state government on Monday, following the commissioning of some federal and state projects.
“When we came to power in 2015, Boko Haram was in control of 13 of the state’s 27 local governments, with only four in government at the time.
“Moreover, half of the local governments in Yobe State were pro-Boko Haram.
“Today, with the help of a patriotic and committed governor, local governments were restored to Borno State.
“What is Boko Haram? It’s very fraudulent. I suspect that there is an international group that wants to destroy Nigeria. If not, how can boko (Western education) be haram? the President explained.
Buhari, who was in Kano on a state visit, also praised his government’s performance, particularly how it was able to provide more infrastructure with less availability of funds compared to the previous regime.
“I want you to remember that between 1999 and 2019, NNPC production was 2.1 billion barrels per day at a price of $100 per barrel. So Nigeria was making $100 a barrel for 2.1 million barrels a day, but look at our infrastructure.
“Some of them are 60 years old, look at our energy sector, what can move forward without infrastructure?
“But those responsible in those years went around not only in Nigeria but all over the world saying they were wonderful but they cannot explain what they did.
“But the cost of petroleum is down to about $37 a barrel today, of which only 1.5 million barrels are being produced, and yet we’ve built a lot of infrastructure. Look at what we’ve been able to achieve,” added Buhari.
He concluded by thanking Nigerians for their support and cooperation and for the opportunity to serve them.