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Buhari is not responsible for hunger, poverty in the country — Dr. Chris Ngige tells Nigerians – Instablog9ja

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has berated those criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Ngige, who spoke to journalists in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Wednesday, said that the current administration should not be blamed for the country’s food and energy crises because they are occurring all over the world, not just in Nigeria.

“I was the one who brought Buhari to the South East in 2015. As the South East Zonal Coordinator, I told the General that the bridge is critical to our people and the entire South, all the way up to North Central. The General asked if we could do it, and I said, ‘Why not?.’ The same question he asked at the Ziks Mausoleum completion, and he told me that if God made him president, he would construct the remodeling of the abandoned mausoleum for our people.

I was the one who brought to the fore in our South East campaign the Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, and Enugu Airport renovation and remodelling, for which the Federal Government gave the Minister of Aviation, N10bn, the authority to execute the upgrade as critical infrastructural projects needed by the zone. Today, the tarmac was reconstructed and the runway expanded from one to three kilometres with modern night lighting systems and navigational aids and several other projects.

“So, President Buhari ought to be praised, but they will tell you that people are dying of hunger. Hunger is a global problem. If you go to the news, you will see white people protesting against hunger and the high cost of living in Europe and elsewhere,” he said.

Ngige cautioned that Buhari shouldn’t be held accountable for everything that has gone awry “under the sun” and that he should be left alone. “Disregard those politicians who will come and tell you that the Buhari administration inflicted hardship and poverty on you,” he said.