Buhari Gaffes On Democracy Day Speech
President Muhammadu Buhari gaffed while addressing the crowd in Abuja on Democracy day yesterday.
Buhari gave a wrong date on when he was re-elected while speaking to millions of Nigerians in Abuja.
The President also gave a wrong figure on Nigeria GDP growth projection for the current year.
In a speech which was obtained from his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari said he was re-elected in March, and that Nigeria’S GDP is projected to grow at 2.7 per cent in the current year.
The speech read:”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 percent 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 percent this year.”
Honestly, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari the winner of the election held on February 27.
The Commission also issued a certificate of return on the same day.
Mr Buhari had stated the projected growth of Nigeria to be 3.0 during his 2019 budget speech.
Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank said Nigeria’s economy is set to grow by 2.1 percent.
Gaffing isn’t new to the Nigeria President, Buhari said in 2018 while addressing a campaign rally that he assumed office on May 19 instead of May 29.
“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.
Again, while at a rally in Ekiti State, Buhari said he came into office in 2005 whereas he was first elected in 2015.
In January 2019, Mr Buhari shocked his supporters in Delta State when he called an APC gubernatorial candidate, Great Ogboru, the party’s presidential candidate.
His words, “I am handing over this flag of honour to our presidential candidate.”