By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The Presidency yesterday said it would deliver to Nigerians about 10,000 megawatts of electricity by December this year, saying President Muhammadu Buhari administration was on course with regard to its electioneering campaign promises.
“We have more power in terms of electricity than can be consumed by the DISCOs. We have 2000MW excess of electricity that is not being evacuated. Before the end of the year, we are going to hit 10,000 megawatts from the 2500 megawatts we inherited.
‘’The burden by government for now is how do we sell this power? How do we take it to Nigerians who need it,” the Presidency said.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that the current tension in the country was because of competing interests, those who wanted to attain power at all costs.
According to him: “The problem is that the competition for power in the country has become fiercer and fiercer because the stakes are very high and I will give you one example.
“The President has unleashed on the country a war against corruption, the type that has never been seen before. Assets are being recovered from powerful people. The President is lucky that he has a judiciary which is transforming itself and on the same page with the President in fighting corruption.
“As I speak with you, you know that two former state governors are in jail. A lot of people thought that this war against corruption is a joke and that the back and forth that has characterized the process over time will continue..
“One of the two cases that we are talking about was determined after eleven years of back and forth between lawyers and Judges, kicking the ball from this court to that court. But now, there is a new era in the country with the conclusion of these cases.
“A lot of these harsh attack against the President are coming from people who had become used to life style that they can no longer sustain. We have on record that we have people in this country, that because they were influential, they have permanent suites attached to them in Abuja.
‘’They will just come, take the key and live lavishly a public expense. When they are leaving, they are accompanied by bags of Ghana must go. The President has blocked access to national resources by lazy people and so, he is being fought not because people are not happy.’’
Speaking further, he said: “This is a government that is building long delayed infrastructure.
This country will be a country of railways. There is no stage in the country where a minimum of two federal roads are not being constructed or being reconstructed.
“These things are building up, and I assure you that they will give up. As we inch our ways towards the election, they will continue to fight the President. The happiness that we have is that the ordinary Nigerians understand the huge conspiracy against them and are with the President.
‘’The elites are going places, sitting in posh homes around the world, trying to thwart the good will of the President towards the ordinary Nigerians. But this economy is being rebuild, more foreign investment is coming, more infrastructures are being provided for Nigerians.
“Even the security infrastructure which had suffered neglect over the years because all the people attacking the President on this matter, if they had done what need to be done by equipping and training the police, equipping and training the army, this would not have built up to a situation where they will be called upon and found short.”