#Verbatim: Why I attempted absconding from office after becoming President — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he nearly absconded from office due to the backlog of salaries he met soon after winning the 2015 elections.

The President made this confession on Thursday while addressing the Course 38 participants of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS who presented their course work to him in the Presidential Villa.

Buhari again blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for perpetuating poverty in Nigeria during their 16 years in power.

He once more blamed the recession in the country on the past administration, wondering what the Peoples Democratic Party did with the revenue they generated when a barrel of oil sold at 100 dollar.

“We’ve had 16 years and eight consecutive governments between the other party and you know the unprecedented revenue realized.

“The average production which can be verified was 2.1 million barrels per day from 1999 to 2014. The average cost of each Nigerian barrel of oil was 100 dollars per barrel.

“When we came, it dived to less than 30 dollars per barrel and is now oscillation between 40 and 50.

“Actually, I felt like absconding because 27 out of the 36 states of Nigeria could not pay salaries and we know the lower income groups depend on salaries to pay rent and manage their families.

“I asked, any savings? I was told there was nothing remaining. ‘What have you done on agriculture, power, rail, roads?’ Nothing.” he lamented.

The President, however, expressed optimism alleging that Nigeria will come out of recession stronger and soon too.

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