A media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan says a statement issued by the Presidency has only exposed why Nigeria is in an economic recession.
Ren Omokri – an adviser to the former president on social media, noted that the fall in oil prices ought not to lead to the collapse of the economy as oil only constitutes a small portion of the nation’s GDP.
Omokri said this on Monday in response to the statement issued earlier by the Senior Special Assistant on media to President Muhammad Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu.
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The Presidency had accused the Jonathan administration of “monumental and tragic economic mismanagement” and handing over an economy ravaged by years of corruption.
Omokri, however, noted that former President Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are experienced in growing the economy, adding that they are available to enlighten the present administration on what to do.
“The Jonathan Foundation and the Peoples Democratic Party can arrange a course for them (the government) to be tutored on the subject ‘how to grow your economy to be the largest in Africa.”
Omokri reminded the government that the Abuja-Kaduna 187KM fast railway which enables Nigerians living in Kaduna State to work in Abuja was a project conceived, built and completed by the Jonathan administration.
Commenting on the “infrastructural legacies” of the Jonathan era, Omokri said, “I also urge Garba Shehu to take note of the fact that the only federal university in his boss’s home state of Katsina was built by the Jonathan administration, in addition to 13 other universities and 165 Almajiri schools built all over Nigeria.”
The former president’s aide further said “It may also interest Garba Shehu to note that the Jonathan administration revived the moribund Nigerian Railways Corporation. It is quite surprising that Garba Shehu now praises the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, His Royal Majesty, Muhammadu Sanusi II.”
“Nigerians have not forgotten that it is the same Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, now Muhammadu Sanusi II who carpeted the economic policies of the Buhari administration.”
Omokri said the former administration had proven that the concern raised by the government over the ecological fund was not true, saying they had presented some documents to back their claim.
“We have already proved that the accusation re the Ecological Fund is a lie and it shows desperation on the side of the Presidency to rehash it.
“When Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State governor) first made the accusation, we showed, with documentary evidence, that core PDP states like Akwa-Ibom, where the then chairman of the PDP Governors Forum comes from and Ekiti state which was the only PDP state in the South-West, did not benefit from the Ecological Fund,” he noted.