Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said tough decisions are necessary if Nigeria is to move forward as a country.
The SGF said this, yesterday, when he addressed newsmen in Yola, Adamawa State.
“I can only infer that we would be taking tough decisions which would not be palatable but would deepen and strengthen the economy and country.
“When we took over government in 2015, about 27 states in the country were unable to pay salaries but for the intervention of Mr president, who took tough decisions and those were tough times that needed tough decisions.
“When we took the decision to ban the importation of rice and fertilizer, it was not an easily welcomed development, there were outcries every where but now we have attained a near self-sufficiency in the production of the two products.”
On the presidential and National Assembly elections, Mustapha said: “Without casting any aspersions, there were some parts of this country, in the past, where, during elections, no voting takes place and whoever is in charge just churned out whatever they wanted. We would have to work on improving our electoral system, although, it is not a perfect system and no system is.
“We were talking with an American diplomat and I had to remind the person that (Michael) Cohen is still in the public, attempting to give evidence, contesting the outcome of elections in America which tenure would end in about a year. But, it is just that the opposition did not perform as well as they should because they scored just 11 million votes against the 12 million (former President) Goodluck (Jonathan) had then while we still maintained the 15 million we had. Elections come with a lot of challenges but thankfully INEC was able to deliver…”