By Eric Patrick,
The presidency yesterday said hard work and policies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration made Nigeria exit recession.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who blamed the recession on mistakes of the past administration, said the government tackled the problem in just about a year.
Adesina made the remarks at a solidarity rally on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
A statement by the State House Deputy Director (Information), Abiodun Oladunjoye, said the march was organised in support of the Federal Government by the Centre for Civil Society and Justice.
“You have chosen a very auspicious day for this solidarity rally. Earlier today, we were told that Nigeria had officially exited recession,” Adesina said.
“That shows that we have a government that is working for us, we have a government that is interested in our welfare, we have a government that is interested in our well-being.”
He assured the gathering that he would relay their message of support and solidarity on the unity of Nigeria to President Buhari.
“You know the President swore to uphold the Constitution and the Constitution recognises Nigeria as one indissoluble entity. The President has sworn to keep the unity of the country and whatever it takes; he will keep to that pledge,” he said.
The presidential aide advised those “beating the drums of separation” to keep their peace, reiterating government’s resolve to preserve Nigeria’s unity, cohesion and togetherness.
Convener of the rally, Mr Goodluck Obi, said the group wholeheartedly supports President Buhari’s uncommon resolve to fix Nigeria.
He said, “We want to sound a note of warning to both organs of government, that we the Nigerian people would no longer allow our collective destiny to be toyed with like a game.”
“We are more than ever ready to mobilise the people to do the needful within the ambit of the law; enough is enough.”