US envoy Mr James Entwistle, I see a parallel between President Buhari and President Obama

The outgoing US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic recovery efforts deserve the understanding and support of Nigerians.

Mr James Entwistle,stated this in an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja on Friday.

 US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle
Mr James Entwistle

“I see a parallel between President Buhari and President Obama. “President Obama had not been in office for very long, but the people had same kind of impatience. “And I think in my country a lot of people forgot how difficult the situation was that President Obama inherited. “I think the same thing is happening with President Buhari – to a certain degree.

ut Mr President inherited a very difficult set of circumstances and some of the things that he has identified that need to be done – end corruption; reform the petroleum sector and end the conflict in the North-East. “These are things that even if he works as hard as he can, it will take some time.

“It is completely understandable to me that people have a high expectation, they are impatient, they want to see change.

“I think he has put in place some things, though I am not an economist, but what he has done with the exchange rate and fuel subsidy and so on.

“I think in a very deliberate fashion the economy hopefully is going to improve. “But remember that in this age, no country is an economic island. “What affects a country affects the economy of every other country. “I gave the President very good marks and let’s see how he marches forward in the next few months.”


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