On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, President Buhari made a mistake as he spoke to Nigerians during the celebration of the first Democracy Day celebrated on the given date, the mistake bothers on the wrong date he mentioned during his address.
President Buhari went on to goof yet again as he provided figures on the GDP growth projection on Nigeria for 2019 which were wrong.
The President had in his speech said that he was reelected in March, as well as stating that the GDP of the country was projected to grow at 2.7 per cent in 2019. The mistakes were spotted in a copy of the President’s speech which THE CABLE obtained from Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina.
The speech reads: “In the face of these (Nigeria’s) challenges, our government elected by the people in 2015 and re-elected in March has been mapping out policies, measures and laws to maintain our unity and at the same time lift the bulk of our people out of poverty and onto the road to prosperity.”
“Following the 60 per cent drop in oil prices between 2015 and 2016, through monetary and fiscal measures, we stimulated economic growth, curbed inflation and shored up our external reserves. We now have witnessed 8 quarters of positive growth in the economy and our GDP is expected to grow by 2.7 per cent this year.”
To set the records straight, it was on the 27th of February that President Buhari was declared to be the winner of the Presidential election with him being issued his certificate of return on that day as well.
Also, while giving his 2019 budget speech, President Buhari had projected that the GDP of the country was going to grow at the rate of 3.0 per cent but, the International Monetary Fund, as well as the World Bank, had predicted that the economy of the country would have a 2.1 per cent growth rate.
The reason for the mistake is not really clear but this would not be the first time that the President would be found making this kind of mistake.
It will be recalled that as he spoke in one of his campaign rallies in 2018, Buhari had stated that he had assumed office in the 19th of May, 2015, when in fact he was sworn in on May 29th of that year.
“I assure you that I am very aware of your appreciation of the efforts for what we were able to deliver since (we) came in 19th of May, 2015,” he had said.
Also, the President had during a similar rally in Ekiti State said that he got into office in the year 2005 while he was first elected in the year 2015.
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