PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has scored his ministers high, as he revealed with pride, why he resisted pressures to sack any of them in the last three and and a half years.
At Wednesday’s valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari identified “their unique skills, strengths and leadership qualities,” the spirit of team work, exhibited by the ministers as they took “decisions aimed at tackling the numerous challenges facing the country.”
Calling on them to feel proud of having served the nation even in the face of daunting challenges, President Buhari said, “many would have given up. Indeed, many commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promises to rescue our country from its parlous state.
“Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.
“It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you has a unique skill and strength.
“You should be proud to have been part of the government that liberated the local governments previously under Boko Haram rule.
“You should be proud to have contributed to our food security and economic diversification agenda, which led to the revival of our rural agrarian economy
“You should be proud to have been part of the team that developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which led Nigeria exiting its worst recession in decades.
“You should be proud to have introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.
“You should be proud to have participated in settling outstanding pensions of many senior citizens abandoned by previous governments while supporting state governments to meet their salary arrears.
“And of course, you should all be proud to have overseen the most ambitious road, rail and airport rehabilitation programs in the history of our country.”
Assuring them of a place in the history books with their achievements he noted that the ministers had built the foundations for a more purposeful government.