Report by punch newspaper recently disclose that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night said
that he was not bothered about the defections in the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari, who was responding to a question during an
interactive session with the Nigerian community in
Togo at the Nigerian Embassy, Lome, said most
Nigerians appreciated the performance of his
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on
Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said
“I am not bothered about the defections. Ordinary
Nigerians have developed confidence in us and are
defending us. I assure you, majority of Nigerians back
home are appreciative of our efforts.”
Expressing delight in seeing the Nigerians who had
travelled from the five regions of Togo to welcome
him in Lome, President Buhari said he was pleased to
hear them commend the performance of his
He assured them that his administration had
remained steadfast in keeping to its three campaign
promises of providing security, improving the
economy and fighting corruption.
The President noted that if past governments had
utilised even 25 per cent of the huge oil revenue
available to them, Nigerians would not be
complaining today, citing the $16 billion reportedly
spent on electricity and yet Nigerians could not see
the power.
Restating his administration’s commitment to
providing critical infrastructure, providing loans to
farmers thereby cutting rice importation by more than
90 per cent, President Buhari said all recovered
illegally acquired assets would now be sold and the
money paid into the treasury in the administration’s
renewed anti-graft campaign.
“I assure you that we are making progress in security
as some displaced farmers are returning to their
farms. We will continue to work very hard for our
dear country,” he stressed.
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In his welcome address, the Nigerian Ambassador to
Togo, Joseph Olusola Iji, said the close to 2 million
Nigerians in Togo were law-abiding and peaceful,
even as he drew attention to the inability of the
Nigerian Mission in Lome to issue Nigerian passports,
making applicants to go to Ghana or Benin Republic.
While representatives of top bank executives
commended the economic policies of the Federal
Government especially the Ease of Doing Business,
agricultural revolution and anti-corruption campaign,
various leaders of the Nigerian Community also
lauded the discipline, transparency and accountability
that the current administration has introduced into


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