– President Muhammadu Buhari has highlighted the
achievements of the administration under categories
such as security, anti-corruption war, economy, power,
environment and judiciary among others
– He says the military had so far rescued 11,595
persons held captive by the Boko Haram sect between
May 29, 2015 when he was inaugurated and February
– He says the implementation of the Treasury Single
Account has provided greater visibility of government
revenues and cash flows
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 11,595 persons
held captive by Boko Haram sect since his emergence as
president, have regained their freedom, The Punch reports.
According to him, the military has regained all territories
hitherto occupied by the sect.
These were contained in a document tagged “Fact sheet on
President Muhammadu Buhari’s first year in office” and
made available to journalists by the Office of the Special
Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
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President Buhari has said that 11,595 persons held captive
by Boko Haram sect since his emergence as president, have
regained their freedom.
The document highlighted the achievements of the
administration under categories such as security, anti-
corruption war, economy, power, environment and
judiciary among others.
The statement read in part, “The relocation of the Nigerian
Military Command Centre to Maiduguri, since May 2015,
contributed to the success in the fight against insurgency in
the North Eastern part of the country.
“As of February 2016, the total number of persons rescued
by the Nigerian troops during the ongoing operations in the
North-East came to 11,595.
“Since December 2015, the well-motivated and rejuvenated
Nigerian military have regained all Nigerian territories
previously under Boko Haram control.”
On anti-corruption war, the statement said the campaign
was gaining ground with several high profile cases already
in the courts.
The statement read “In March 2016, the Federal
government and the Swiss government signed a Letter of
Intent on the Restitution of Illegally-Acquired Assets
forfeited in Switzerland.
“Under the agreement, Switzerland will repatriate $321m
illicitly acquired by the Gen. Sani Abacha family.
“In March 2016, the Presidential Committee set up to probe
contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security
Adviser from 2011 to 2015 announced the recovery of over
N7bn from indicted companies and individuals.”
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On economy, the government said the implementation of
the Treasury Single Account has provided greater visibility
of government revenues and cash flows. It said between
June 2015 and April 2016, the Federal Government’s TSA
collection clocked N3trn.
“To further instill fiscal discipline, President Buhari directed
the closure of all multiple accounts in Ministries,
Departments and Agencies of government, thereby plugging
loopholes for leakages with new technology.
“The opaque accounting structure of the NNPC has been
reconstructed to be more transparent with the closure of
more than 40 accounts.
“As a corporate entity, NNPC is now accountable and more
transparent in operations, publishing its monthly financial
“The President also resolved the lingering shadowy oil swap
deals that had cost the country billions of dollars and left it
at the mercy of a few rich Nigerians.
“To alleviate the suffering of Nigerians in September 2015,
President Buhari directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to
disburse N689.5bn as bailout to 27 states of the federation
to pay salaries.
“To stimulate the economy and reduce poverty, in April,
2016, President Buhari approved deferment in the payment
of the bailout as states were still reeling under the burden
of the fall in commodity prices.
“Records of more than 34,000 ghost workers draining the
nation’s resources were expunged from the Federal Civil
Service, saving N2.29bn monthly.”
Meanwhile, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has
described President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in
office as a ‘colossal waste’.
According to the governor, the increment in the pump price
of petrol is one of the gifts of President Muhammadu
Buhari to Nigerians to celebrate his one year in office.