As May 29 draws closer marking two years of the present Nigerian government in power presidential aides are making the rounds trumpeting the achievements of the administration. This is of course to be expected as this is what politicians do all over the world.
The personal assistant to the Nigerian President Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad has drawn public outrage for his tweet titled PMBTriumphs at 2 in which he wrote:
“The FG has also provided over 40,000 email addresses for Government Officials under the gov.ng and mil.ng domains.”
Replying to @BashirAhmaad @Galaxybackbone and
The FG has also provided over 40,000
email addresses for Government
Officials under the gov.ng and mil.ng
domains. #PMBTriumphsAt2 #DigiGovt
859 AM 23 May 17
The National Bureau of Statistics announced on Tuesday that Nigeria’s economy continued its slump and has contracted for a fifth consecutive quarter in the three months through March after the oil industry shrank and agricultural expansion slowed.
The National Bureau of Statistics stated that Gross domestic product in Africa’s most-populous nation shrank 0.5 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, compared with a revised 1.7 percent contraction in the final three months of 2016.
The economy took a hit after oil prices crashed in mid-2014 and militants from the crude-producing Niger River delta destroyed pipelines, causing production to fall to an almost three-decade low. That and power shortages weighed on output, with GDP shrinking a revised 1.6 percent least year, the first full-year contraction in a quarter of a century. Foreign-currency shortages fueled by falling oil exports caused inflation to accelerate every month for more than a year until January.
The oil industry contracted 11.6 percent from a year earlier, a sixth straight quarter of declines, while agriculture, which contributed 24 percent of GDP, expanded 3.4 percent, the slowest pace since the first three months of last year, The National Bureau of Statistics said.