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I made Nigeria largest economy in Africa, says Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has praised his government for seeing the country become the largest economy in Africa.

Buhari made the claim in his remarks at the 7th convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Saturday.

The President said his campaigned on three areas while vying for the office in 2015 and they are economy, insecurity, and the fight against corruption.

He said, “It is with immense gratitude to Almighty Allah that I make a bold to say that we have delivered on the three promises.

The President declared “the war against terrorism has been fought and won as all the territories lost to these groups have been reclaimed. ” He made the assertion despite contrary claims by some, including senators from terrorism-riven areas of the continued existence of terrorists in their localities.

In the same vein, President Buhari said Nigeria had transformed “from the brackish waters of near-economic collapse to become acknowledged as the largest economy on the African continent.” He attributed the acclaimed feat to his “well-orchestrated developmental plan.”

In addition, Buhari said that “corruption” had reduced from what it was in 2015, when it held the country by the “jugular”. He said the *

“introduction of the TSA, the whistle-blowing policy, and the intensification of prosecutions by anti-corruption agencies have rolled back the tide of corruption in the country.”

On education, Buhari said education funding was increased progressively in yearly budgets, while asserting that his government’s masses-centric policies have “set Nigeria on irreversible paths of greatness.”

Present at the event are the Chairman Nigerian Body of Benchers, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN); former Managing Director of First Bank, Bisi Onasanya; and former Super Eagles skipper, Segun Odegbami, who were all honoured by the institution.

 

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