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Buhari 'Ignorant people' twisting information to hurt President - Femi Adesina

He said some people have deliberately twisted information to unfairly misrepresent the president's intentions.

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Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari play President Muhammadu Buhari has been under fire for being a sectional leader

The presidency has condemned the public outrage targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari over the revelation that he asked the World Bank to prioritise its developmental programmes across the northern parts of Nigeria.

While speaking on Thursday, October 12, 2017, President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, disclosed that President Buhari made the request after he advised him to invest in human capital which he said will enhance economic growth in the country.

In a press statement signed by the president's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Friday, October 13, he said 'ignorant and mischievous people' have deliberately twisted the information to unfairly misrepresent the president's intentions.

He disclosed that the president has always publicly showed his intentions towards rebuilding the Northeast region after its devastation by terrorist group, Boko Haram.

He stressed that the president has 'a pan-Nigerian mandate'  and that he 'will always work in the best interest of all parts of the country at all times' but that his focus on rebuilding the ravaged Northeast is something that any caring leader should do.

The statement read, "Those who specialize in a deliberate twisting of information have wailed and raged endlessly on the news item credited to the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, who disclosed in Washington DC, United States of America, that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested a concentration of the Bank's intervention efforts in the northern part of Nigeria, particularly in the North-east.

"The ignorant and mischievous people, who twist everything for their vile purposes, are making it seem that it was a calculated attempt to give the North an unfair advantage over other parts of Nigeria.

"The truth of the matter is that President Buhari, right from his first week in office in June, 2015, had reached out to the G-7 in Germany that Nigeria needed help to rebuild the North-east, which had been terribly devastated by insurgency.

"He said the country would prefer help in terms of rebuilding of infrastructure, rather than cash donation, which may end up being misappropriated. In concert with Governors of the region, a comprehensive list of needed repairs was sent to the G-7 leaders.

"Also, during a trip to Washington in 2015, and many other engagements that followed, President Buhari sought the help of the World Bank in rebuilding the beleaguered North-east, which was then being wrested from the stranglehold of a pernicious insurgency. It was something always done in the open, and which reflected the President's concern for the region.

"Those ululating over the disclosure by the President of the World Bank should be a bit reflective, and consider the ravages that the North-east has suffered since 2009, when the Boko Haram insurgency started.

"Schools, hospitals, homes, entire villages, towns, cities, bridges, and other public utilities have been blown up, laid waste, and lives terminated in excess of 20,000, while widows and orphans littered the landscape. The humanitarian crisis was in monumental proportions.

"President Buhari simply did what a caring leader should do. He took the battle to the insurgents, broke their backs, and then sought for help to rebuild, so that the people could have their lives back.

"Should that then elicit the negative commentary that has trailed the disclosure from the World Bank? Not at all, except from insidious minds.

"President Buhari has a pan-Nigerian mandate, and he will discharge his duties and responsibilities in like manner.

"Any part of the country that requires special attention would receive it, irrespective of primordial affinities, which narrow minded people have not been able to live above.

"This President will always work in the best interest of all parts of the country at all times. Let ethnic warriors sheathe their swords."

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The Northeast has been plagued by a terrorist insurgency by Boko Haram that has claimed the lives of over 20,000 people and displaced over 2.5 million others scattered across Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the region.

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