From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja 

 Nigerian elite have come under fire with President Muhammadu Buhari describing them as self-centered . He accused them of not  thinking about the welfare of the people. 

Speaking at a luncheon following the commissioning of infrastructure projects carried out by the Katsina State government, yesterday, the president bemoaned what he called the self-centered attitude of many Nigerians, advising that things would be much better for governments in the country if they thought more about the people.

He regretted the amount of money that was wasted by previous governments recalling how a barrel of crude oil sold consistently for $100, yet not delayed  toward building infrastructure.

“Our elites did not put their heads together in the years past in order to move the country forward. They were very selfish.  I insist that they should think of the country more than themselves. By doing so, they can join forces for the good of the country.”

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The President affirmed that security and economy are the core essence of government, saying that citizens do not care how they are realized.

“But I can’t complain because I asked for it. I have done my best, and I hope history will be kind to me.”

Buhari commended Governor Masari for his administration’s infrastructure drive amid scarce resources, describing the effort as worthy of emulation.

Some of the projects he commissioned include Kofar Kaura Underpass, Kofar Kwaya Underpass, Kofar Kaura Water Works, Katsina State Internal Revenue House, Muhammadu Buhari Meteorological Institute by the Ministry of Aviation, Darma Rice Mill in Batagarwa and Katsina State General Hospital.

Masari disclosed that despite the problems induced by COVID-19 and other economic challenges, his administration was able to expend about N358 billion on key services such as salaries, pension, health and tertiary institutions.