- says naira is in the best possible health it can be
- blames global pandemic for the naira value
- says only Nigeria recorded growth in Africa
- Nigeria is safer today as far as Boko Haram is concerned, compare to 2015
Despite the increasing insecurity in Nigeria, Garba Shehu, a Presidential spokesperson says whoever is criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration needs to have their heads examined.
Shehu also defended naira value, saying, “it is in the best possible health it can be, giving the circumstances we are in”.
The spokesman claimed naira devaluation was worsened by the global pandemic, boasting that Nigeria is the only country in Africa with recorded growth.
Shehu made the bold statement during his appearance on Sunday Politics, a Channels Television program.
Last Thursday, the naira appreciated at the importer and exporter (I&E) window by 0.1 percent to N411/$1 but depreciated by 0.4 percent to 495/$1 in the parallel market.
When presented with facts and figures, Shehu said only the Minister of Finance is in the best position to comment on the economy.
The journalist also confronted Shehu with the economy in 2015, compared to the staggering economy in 2021.
In response, Shehu said anyone criticizing the Buhari’s government for its handling of the economy should “get themselves re-examined”.
“If you ask me this question, I will tell you that whoever questions the capacity of the government to manage the economy probably also need to have themselves re-examined,” he said.
“Because look at all of the things that have happened with COVID over the last year or more.
“Can you see that in the entire Africa continent, this is the only country that is recording positive growth in its economy?”
The journalist also asked Shehu if it was safe now compared to 2015 in terms of security; the spokesman responded, “As far as Boko Haram terrorism is concerned, Nigeria is a safer place today than it was in 2015 when he took power,” he said.
“New challenges have come up, farmers-herders clashes, and killings in certain sections of the country, much of those have been subdued.
“We have been confronted with sabotage of oil installations in the south-south that have been managed effectively up to this point.
“Challenges of kidnapping and banditry have risen in so many parts of the country, including the south-west. Though the south-west is the safest part of the country.”