Fashola ‘Buhari travelling to repair Nigeria’s reputation,’ Minister says

Fashola made the remark on Monday, April 18, 2016, via an article titled “PMB’s foreign trips — My takeaway”.

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s many travels will serve the purpose of repairing Nigeria’s damaged reputation.

Fashola made the remark on Monday, April 18, 2016, via an article titled “PMB’s foreign trips — My takeaway”.

It reads in part:

“This last mentioned agreement was a legitimate coup by PMB, because the intelligence was that some West African countries were going to sign before us. PMB seized the moment.”

“Of course, he had to apologise for our previous failures on our agreement made to part-fund four airport projects in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt and the Abuja-Kaduna rail project.”

“The Chinese had provided their agreed part of 85 per cent but the remaining 15 per cent Nigeria did not honour during the last administration. Some of the recent revelations about financial scandals estimated at $2.1bn in the Office of the National Security Adviser alone during the last administration suggest how impactful such funds would have been in delivering these critical infrastructures; but we all know what happened.​”

“This is why PMB is travelling. To repair our reputation severely damaged by the last government, and to assure our partners that Nigeria has changed. From there, to renegotiate an existing funding agreement to complete critical transport infrastructure.”

“If the seven most powerful nations stand with you, who can stand against you? I need not say more except that I can attest that PMB has been following up on these matters, and the progress on security is visible while results in the economic front will manifest soon enough.”

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed had earlier also said that Nigeria had attained near pariah status before Buhari came into office.

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