Mustapha made this known during an interview with newsmen in Yola as he backs the president’s earlier statement that the next four years will be tough.
Okay Nigeria recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the next four years will be tough as he receive members of the federal executive council (FEC), who came to congratulate him on his victory during the just concluded election.
However, the SGF praised the president and describe him as as a good man, who had the trust of ordinary Nigerians and would like to see improvement in their lives, while the nation moved to the next level.
In his words, “When we came to power in 2015 about 27 states couldn’t pay salaries; we had to take tough decisions like giving them bail-out and Paris Club refund.
“These are tough decisions,” Mustafa said.
Speaking on importation of rice and fertilizer ban as a tough one of the tough decisions the government has taken which yielded positive results by boosting local production, among other things.
“By such tough decisions we are able to raise the number of rice farmers from 4 million to 12 million and we are about 98 per cent self-sufficient in rice.
“Due to the establishment of many fertilizer blending plants after we banned the importation of fertilizer, the product is now available and the prize is going down,” Mustapha added.
The SGF also explained that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other anti-graft Related Offences Commission as well as the Code of Conduct Bureau were being strengthened to tackle corruption.
In his words, “It’s better to prevent it (corruption) instead of spending a lot of money prosecuting corruption cases.”