President Muhammadu Buhari has given three reasons why he did not sack his ministers despite calls from different quarters.
Buhari shared the three reasons during the valedictory session of the federal executive council (FEC) which held at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
- Their Unique skills
- And Leadership qualities
His speech at the valedictory session:
“You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges,” he said.
“We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second valedictory Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.
“Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.
“Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.
“It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength.
“We are a reflection of Nigeria we aspire to achieve – A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered.’’
“I want you all to leave this meeting proud to have served your nation to the best of your ability,”
“You should be proud to have been part of the government that liberated the local governments previously under Boko Haram rule.
“You should be proud to have contributed to our food security and economic diversification agenda which led to the revival of our rural agrarian economy
“You should be proud to have been part of the team that developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which led Nigeria exiting its worst recession in decades.
“You should be proud to have introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.
“You should be proud to have participated in settling outstanding pensions of many senior citizens abandoned by previous governments while supporting state governments to meet their salary arrears.
“And of course, you should all be proud to have overseen the most ambitious road, rail, and airport rehabilitation programs in the history of our country.’’