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Buhari ‘Nigerians should tell me which ministers to change,’ President says

Buhari made the comment on Thursday, May 26, 2016, during an interview granted to commemorate his first year in office.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to rate his ministers and decide which of them should be changed.

Buhari made the comment on Thursday, May 26, 2016, during an interview granted to commemorate his first year in office, Daily Trust reports.

“I am waiting for the newspapers to tell me the performance of my ministers and whether I should make changes,” Buhari said when asked if Nigerians should expect changes in his team.

Buhari also revealed that he was shocked when he realized how much money Nigerians spend on food imports.

“Up to 2013 we were earning on average over $100 per barrel from oil but by fabulous coincidence, it went down to about $30 per barrel when we came in. There was no money to import food. For me it was the biggest shock,” the president said.

Buhari also spoke on the rate of foreign exchange to the naira and calls for devaluation.

“When I was removed [as military Head of State] in 1985 the dollar was one naira fifty kobo. Now naira is 350 to the dollar. Tell me the benefits we derived from that. How many factories were built in those years? Economists are not able to explain this to me. I am still waiting for economists to tell me why we should continue to devalue the naira. However, I don’t rule the country alone, so we must accommodate the economists,” he added.

Buhari was sworn in on May 29, 2015.

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