The United States Government has given the President Muhammadu Buhari administration a pat on the back for a job well done, in spite of the daunting challenges.
The outgoing U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, who gave the commendation yesterday in Abuja, pointed out that President Buhari “has been able to put the country on the path to economic recovery”.
Mr. Entwistle, therefore, urged Nigerians to exercise patience with his administration.
According to the outgoing U.S envoy, the economic downturn was as a result of some problems inherited by the present administration such as poor infrastructure in the petroleum sector and others.
He also expressed confidence that the country would recover from the economic downturn.
He said: “I give the president a very good mark and let’s see how he marches forward in the next few months.
“I think we have to remember what he inherited. And in my own opinion, we have to be neutral. I think Mr. President and his team have done a good job.
“I think he has put in place some things. Though I am not an economist, what he has done with the exchange rate and fuel subsidy are great”.
Entwistle drew similarities between the situation confronting Buhari and what President Barrack Obama inherited when he came to power in the U.S.
He said, “In my country, a lot of people forgot a very difficult situation President Obama inherited. The same thing is happening to President Buhari to a certain degree. It is completely understanding that the people have a high expectation, they are impatient they want to see change”.
“But Mr. President inherited a very difficult set of circumstances and some of the things that he has identified that need to be done to end corruption that we found in the petroleum sector and the crisis in the North-East. These are things that even if we work as fast as we can, it will take a very long time”, Entwistle added.