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Buhari Admits His Administration Is Slow, Explains Why

President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to criticisms that his administration is slow, saying he is only trying to be cautious to avoid some of the pitfalls of the past.

“People say we are slow. We are trying to change structures put in place by our predecessors in office for 16 years”, Buhari said in Abuja in response to a goodwill message delivered to him by a group, Women In Politics Forum (WIPF)

He continued: “If we hurry it, we will make mistakes. That will be a disaster”.

President Buhari also described the 2016 budget proposals as reassuring for employment and manufacturing, stressing that “By the end of the second quarter, the full impact of these positive measures will be felt”.
During the visit, he announced that a committee to rehabilitate infrastructure and resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East will soon be inaugurated.

The committee, to be led by former Defence Minister, Lt.-Gen Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) will also include Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday, said Buhari confirmed that all forms of assistance and aid generated locally and internationally would be channelled through the committee when it is inaugurated.

The President told the delegation that he had already compiled a list of damaged infrastructure, including schools and bridges, which he handed to the G7 and the United States, both of which have pledged to assist.
President Buhari added: “I didn’t ask for a Kobo (in cash). It is up to them to choose what they will undertake. Already, some of them have sent teams to verify our assertions”.

He also decried the impact of the Boko Haram violence on women and children, declaring that they are the worst victims of insurgency.
He said: “In the North-East, what I saw for myself and on those clips is a source of concern for people with conscience. They are mostly women and children who are orphaned. Some of them don’t even know where they come from. This is the pathetic situation in which the country has found itself”.

President Buhari also spoke on the efforts being made by his administration on the Chibok girls, saying their abduction and stay in captivity for close to two years “continues to be a most worrying issue” to his government.

He stressed that the administration will do all within its powers in making the best efforts to secure their freedom.

The President acknowledged the case made by the WIPF for better representation of women in his government and assured that women would “fare well” in the composition of parastatals and their boards in the first quarter of this year.

The WIPF, made up of women leaders from 26 registered political parties led by Barrister Ebere Ifendu of the Labour Party, expressed their total support for the government’s war on corruption and insecurity.
They asked the administration to usher in laws to promote gender equity as well as action towards the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act.

The Women’s group made the record of being the first organization to be received by the President in the New Year.