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Buhari Nigeria’s best president since 1914: Masari ignites debate

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By Abbas Bamalli

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State said “since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the country has never had a better government and President like Muhammad Buhari.”

The governor made the controversial claim on Saturday in Katsina during a rally organised by the beneficiaries of the Federal government’s Social investment Programme (NSIP) in the state.

The rally was organised under the leadership of the Social Protection and Good Family Value Initiative (SPGFVI).

The rally was aimed at calling on the Federal government and the National Assembly to enact a law that would make the programme a permanent one.

Masari’s claim about the pre-eminence of Buhari’s presidency is expected to ignite a hot national debate about Buhari’s true place in history.

Many critics of the administration have, on the contrary, dismissed it as the worst and are wishing for its termination, even ahead of the end of its tenure.

But according to Masari, President Buhari has laid a significant foundation which if properly utilised by the next administration, will assist in removing many Nigerians from poverty.

“Therefore, with this initiative which no administration has ever thought of, the President needs more commendation and support to achieve the purpose of the programme.

“I wish to inform you that I am totally in support of this call for the president to make it a law before the end of his tenure. By doing such, it will continue to reduce the challenges Nigerians are facing.

“It is unfortunate for someone to wake up in the morning, thinking of what to eat, how to go to hospital or take their children to school, but this programme has reduced such difficulties for people.

“And if a law is enacted and it becomes permanent, no government will come and stop it, and Nigerians will continue to enjoy the programme and it will continue to reduce unemployment,” he said.

Gov. Masari assured the beneficiaries of the programme that their message will get to President Buhari and the National Assembly.

He further called on the beneficiaries to also write to their representatives at the national assembly on their demand, so that they can pursue the issue at their levels.

Coordinator of the SPGFVI in Katsina, Mr. Mustapha Bara’u, said their main objective is to ensure the wellbeing of Nigerians, especially the youths, elderly, physically challenged people, women and pupils.

According to him, that is why they developed interest in the NSIP programme because it is directly related to one of their major objectives.

He explained that the rally was earlier held at the ward levels across the state, where their commendation letters were presented to the District heads for further transmission to the President

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