President Muhammadu Buhari has criticized the previous government for their perceived failure in infrastructure development from 1999-2014.
The President said that with the humongous resources at the nation’s disposal at that time, “Infrastructure went to a rot completely within the same period”.
President Buhari stated this when he received the outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, Paul Arkwright, in a farewell audience at the State House, Abuja.
“Our focus now is on infrastructure; roads, rail, power, and others.
“How I wish we had fixed all those when we had money. What we earned between 1999 and 2014 is on record, but nothing was done to infrastructure.
“Now, we are doing a lot more, with a lot fewer resources. And we shall continue to do our best”, he said.
The President commended the outgoing High Commissioner for his warm and pleasant disposition, which has seen him traversing almost the entire country.
“I always see you all over the place,” Buhari noted.
Arkwright, who spent over three years in Nigeria, said he visited 30 of the 36 states, and found the people quite enterprising and engaging, adding that the British government would be glad to offer a helping hand as required in any part of the country.
He thanked President Buhari for his support, noting that the relationship between Britain and Nigeria has improved tremendously in the past three years.