The Association of Nigerian Entrepreneurs, under the aegis of Nigerians in Diaspora, has condemned the attempt by those it described as ‘’ hired foreigners” to chant anti-President Muhammadu Buhari songs in the United Kingdom.
Chairman of the Association, Mr. Charles E Sylvester, who stated this in a statement emailed from London, said that Buhari’s declaration to contest the 2019 presidential election is a welcome development.
Sylvester, who is also the Coordinator of Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, said the London protest was planned by corrupt politicians and the opposition to embarrass the president during his visit to the UK.
According to him, “we categorically state that they do not represent the views of majority of Nigerians in the UK, who are supporting the PMB administration to make our country greater.
“We support the president and the vice president in their efforts to make Nigeria greater. They have been doing good work despite various challenges and obstacles.
“We condemn the plans of corrupt politicians and the opposition to try and embarrass our president during his visit to the UK.
Sylvester listed some of Buhari’s achievements which include; implementing reforms in the civil service which led to the elimination of over 30,000 ghost workers, thereby saving the country billions of naira monthly.
He also mentioned massive investments in agriculture such as Anchors Borrowers Programme to improve local produce, improving fertilizer distribution and access across states through the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. Reduction
According to Sylvester, other achievements of the Buhari administration include increasing external reserves to $47 billion which surpassed the ERGPs target of $30.56, billion despite global low oil prices and production challenges.
Sylvester also said that the present administration has effectively implementation of the Treasury Single Account as well as increasing government revenue by over N3 trillion in addition to entrenching transparency and accountability.
The Coordinator of the Buhari Support Group also listed the introduction of the One-Primary-Health-Centre per ward programme of the federal government.
He also mentioned the ”Social Investment Programmes (SIP), N-Power Volunteer Scheme creating jobs for over 200,000 (and still counting), unemployed graduates in all the 36 states and the FCT and Government Enterprise and Empowerment (GEEP) Scheme which commenced in November 2016 in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, where soft loans ranging from N10, 000 to N100, 000 were given to over 189,000 market women and traders across different states.
Sylvester further listed Buhari’s achievements to include the “Home Grown School Feeding Programme, where almost three million school children are being fed, while tens of thousands of cooks have been engaged in their respective states and the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, under which about 25,000 less privileged Nigerians so far are now being funded with the monthly N5,000 stipend in 9 pilot States (Bauchi, Borno, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo). More beneficiaries are expected to be added in more states.
“The Nigeria Customs Service recorded its highest revenue collection, crossing the One Trillion Naira (N1, 000,000,000, 000) mark; the target for 2017 was 770 billion Naira (N770,573,730,490) and 2016 collection was just under 900 billion (N898,673,857,431.07),’’ he added.
According to Sylvester, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), has remitted N7.8 billion to the coffers of the Federal Government, a staggering distance from the N51 billion remitted by JAMB between 2010 and 2016.’’