He pointed out that the state of the economy is also taking its toll on his Ministers and other members of his cabinet who work day and night to prepare the 2016 budget.


The President stated this in Abuja at a luncheon with State House corespondents to mark his first year in office, on Monday.

“Things were even more difficult during the budget which you all know about. For somebody like me, for the first time, I heard what is called padding.

“I think we will recover by the fourth quarter of the year. What padding means especially for ministers who had to implement what padding contains,there were very serious developments which I never knew about.

“So, really, it was a nasty experience for us. It was also a nasty experience for some of the ministers who were never in government, for them to sit down day and night to work.”

According to him, the current state of the economy was due to failures of past administration for 16 years, even as he added that:”It was a tumultuous year for everyone in the villa.”

He further said that:”I underrated the influence of the PDP for 16 years watching from outside as eight consecutive governments.

“The experience of the staff, their commitment and zeal is different from what it is now. Sixteen years of development in the life of a developing nation is a long time.

“When we came, there were 42 ministries. We cut it to 24.We had to do it on our own. We found out that government could not continue with 42 ministers and the paraphernalia of office. So, we cut it down to 24.

“We had to cut down half the number of permanent secretaries and then do some cross postings.
“I saw them some of them literally lost weight because they were sleeping less and eating less, working on every kobo to be spent.”

While also stating his unreserved respect for the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, he said the ex-President wasted no time in congratulating him on his emergence has new President in the 2015 general elections, even before the results were announced.

His words:”This is where I pay my respect to former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is actually a privileged information for you. He called me at a quarter past five in the evening. He said good evening your Excellency Sir and I said good evening.

“He said, I have called to congratulate you that I have conceded defeat. Of course there was dead silence on my end, because I did not expect it. And he said, ‘did you hear me?’

“I was shocked. I did not expect it because after 16 years, the man was a deputy governor, governor, Vice President and was President for six years. For him to have conceded defeat even before the result was announced by INEC. I think it was an act of generosity and great patriotism.”

Source: Globalvillageextra


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