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Facts have deserted Bola Tinubu faster than Usain Bolt – Jonathan

By Anthony Ogbonna
The former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has replied the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who had, during his address at the presentation of a book titled, “Making Steady Sustainable Progress” authored by President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aides at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, accused his(Jonathan’s) administration of institutionalising corruption in Nigeria.
Dr. Jonathan, in his response to Tinubu’s claims that “So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could and that his administration won gold medal in corruption, however said that facts have rather deserted the APC leader faster than Usain Bolt.
Puting Tinubu in proper perspectives, the former president who spoke through his former aide and bestselling author, Pastor Reno Omokri, said that under his administration, the only global body for monitoring corruption, Transparency International, had published in its annual corruption index, showing Nigeria made an eight(8) points improvement in corruption reduction, haven moved from 144 to 136 then.
The statement also said that, “other than media sensationalism, there have been no convictions of financial misappropriation stemming from the Jonathan era.”
The statement also challenged Tinubu or anybody in APC to counter Jonathan’s statement in 2014 that he has no bank account abroad.
Jonathan, in the statement said Tinubu mistook what he described as the “Usain Bolt speed” at which the current ruling APC government smuggled back into the country, the embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team ( PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina whom the previous government under Jonathan had dismissed and declared wanted, only for the APC-led government to reinstate him, even with a promotion, for what he said is the “unproven claims of corruption under Jonathan.”
The statement reads thus:
“Again my attention has been drawn to disparaging comments made by Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu against former President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration.
In the said comments, Mr. Tinubu said “The prior government used the public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited its giving only to themselves,” he said.
“So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could. That which could have been spent on national development was squandered in ways that would cause the devil to blush.”
Speaking further, the former Lagos State Governor said:
“Boko Haram would have taken more territory and more lives would have been lost to insurgency if Jonathan had remained in power.”
I would now address these allegations point by point using verifiable facts.
First of all, the only global body for monitoring corruption is Transparency International which releases an annual Corruption Perception Index.
It is a fact that Nigeria made her most improvement in Transparency International‘s annual Corruption Perception Index In 2014 under President Jonathan when we moved from 144 to 136 representing an improvement of 8 points.
Transparency International observed the Jonathan administration’s fight against the corruption in Nigeria’s fertilizer procurement regime, the use of technology to remove 50,000 Federal ghost workers and the speed at which the then President fired ministers accused of corruption or conflict of interests.
From that time till today, Nigeria has not made any improvements and has remained at 136 where Jonathan left us because Transparency International deals with facts, not opinions or media trial.
Other than media sensationalism, there have been no convictions of financial misappropriation stemming from the Jonathan era.
However, we do know that it is a fact that the allegedly corrupt pension thief, Abdulrasheed Maina, was dismissed and declared wanted by the Jonathan administration.
We also now know that it is a fact that the present Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, met with Maina in Dubai. We know that Maina’s family revealed in a press conference that Maina was invited back to Nigeria by the present government. It is also a fact that Maina was recalled, reinstated and given double promotion by the current administration.
Moreover, we know from the Head of Service’s leaked memo that President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of this entire saga.
Perhaps Asiwaju Bola Tinubu mistook the Usain Bolt speed at which Maina was smuggled back into the country and reinstated for the unproven claims of corruption under Jonathan.
We also know that it is a fact that $25 billion worth of contracts were awarded at the NNPC without due process. It is also a fact that this is the highest ever such amount involved in Nigeria’s history. Again, perhaps it is this amount that Tinubu meant when he said “So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could”. Or perhaps he was referring to Babachir Lawal.
Nigerians should note that on the 7th of March 2014, then President Jonathan said “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”
Till date, nobody has been able to contradict that statement because it is true.
Can Bola Tinubu or anybody in the APC leadership make a similar claim?
On the issue of Boko Haram and terrorism, it is a fact that there is only one global body recognized to monitor terrorism and that is the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which releases the annual Global Terrorism Index.
It is a fact that between 2013 and 2014, Nigeria under President Jonathan was unfortunately listed as the fourth most terrorized nation in the world.
However, in the latest Global Terrorism Index released yesterday (November 15, 2017) by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Nigeria has deteriorated from where Jonathan left it and is now the third most terrorized nation.
In 2015, President Jonathan ensured that elections held in every local government in Borno states, but last month, the United Nations declared that they could no longer operate in certain local governments of Borno state. So who is fooling who?
So if according to Transparency International, Nigeria was less corrupt under Jonathan than it is today and according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, Nigeria is more terrorized today than it was under Jonathan, it becomes clear that Bola Tinubu has no factual basis to make the claims he made.”
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  1. This man called Tinubu is a frustrated man who is trying to gain some relevance, that’s why he resorted in talking rubbish.

  2. Tifnubu could be a criminal but a smart one. Stealing and erasing any trace. He may also be a member of a dangerous cult that engages in blood sacrifices. Such people are more evil than evil!

  3. Tinubu is de biggest coward…. U can’t lead Yoruba’s to hardship/grave again…. Old idiot.

  4. Wetin Osain Bolt do Nigerian-confused-politicians?

  5. For all of you crucifying Tinubu i make bold to ask you to come to the table with evidences or else remain silent for ever, Tinubu may have enriched himself through favourable policies unlike your obnoxious Jonathan whose men engage in direct sharing and stealing of our Commonwealth

    • @Adewole Ganiyu, at a time when it is now sweet music for the wealthy to prove sources of his/her wealth, can Tinubu do so especially up to the date he left office as governor of lagos state? Since presidents are responsible for looting by their appointees, how have Buhari fared better than Jonathan? For instance, did Jonathan ever recalled a fugitive loot suspect and paid him N22m for work not done?

    • @Adewole Ganiyu
      Why didn’t u arrest & probe gej, at least he is in Nigeria. All ds noise doesn’t hold water . ds is Tinubu & Buhari’s regime let dem probe gej if all their claims are totally right. Enough of blame game. Amech, fayemi, fashola, tinubu e.t.c did worst.

    • @Adewole, so another name for corruption is ”favorable policies” people like tinubu shouldn’t comment on corruption because he is one of the most corrupt ex governors of this country.

    • Ozor and Sunday you see it is not time to ask or defend anyone, all evidences against Jonathan’s men are revealing by the day, if u so believe that pmb renegades are corrupt why have they escape probe when ur man holds sway? On Maina there are lots to it for another day discourse

    • Adewole stop defending all this our Yoruba leaders, me and you know they are selfish and evil, and evil will know no rest that is why he lost his son.


    • Johnson tell me a selfless leader in Nigeria? Is there any? And y narrow your scope to Yoruba land? That Tinubu lost a son is out of all this. And pls Johnson answer this is Jonathan government guilty of corruption or not?

    • Which court convicted jonathan of corruption? How many of his lieutenant were convicted by a competent court of law?

    • Ibrahim it is in public domain that names like metuh, dazuki dokpezi allison and even mama p and many more all have a case against them

    • @Adewole Ganiyu
      $25b av just been swept under carpet, ikoyigate , minagate , grasscutter, e.t.c . N500m Abba kayri mtn bribe u close ur eyes at ds .
      More so Mr integrity refused to make known hw much of taxpayer’s moni spent on his health. D govt dat claimed to b most transparent.

    • You are a clown. You can’t even answer ibrahim owindi question.

    • @Adewole Ganiyu
      Who among all ds politicians can u claimed has never been accused of corruption b4. Or Hw many cases has Magu won,

    • Before 1999, Tinubu had none of these:
      1. Oriental Hotel
      2. Falomo Shopping Complex
      3. First Nation Airline
      4. Lekki Concession Company
      5. Apapa Amusement Park
      6. Maiyegun Land Project
      7. De Nation (newspaper)
      8. Renaissance Hotel
      9. Tejuoso Market (Joint ownership)
      10. Ikeja Shopping Mall
      11. TV Continental
      12. Converted Lagos Poly land for TVC
      13. Owned NNPC Office building in Lagos
      14. Radio Continental
      15. Owned School of Nursing building in Lagos
      16. Tax Collector of Lagos State (Alpha Beta)
      17. Wife is a member of the National Assembly
      18. Son-in-law is a member of the National Assembly
      19. Daughter is the President-General of Market Women Association in Lagos
      20. N4 billion government financed property for self at Queens Drive, Lagos.
      Tinubu acquired all of the above and many more not listed after he became Governor of Lagos State, first in 1999 and won his second term in 2003. He remains Governor Emeritus of Lagos, controlling the State’s treasury through his protege Governor Fashola.

      But EFCC will never hunt for him and his followe rs will say he’s not CORRUPT. Until we are ready to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Politicians will keep taking us for a ride….Thief nah thief

  6. Tinubu has suddenly found his voice again. It’s election time and these political criminals have picked up on their stock in trade of lies, deceptions, frauds and political of hates

  7. When a Moslem insults a Christian whether he fake or real in his dealings as a leader the Moslem insults is said to be write , but when a Christian does is hatred or blasphemy, y? God ll judge the world one day..

  8. Who is clean amongst them all? Mention one!

  9. You are on the right path. APC is rooted in lies. Let APC also start investigating the likes of Amaechi,Fashola and co. Before we can applaud them on the anti corruption war.

  10. Lie lie APC up till now you guys are still looking for who to blame. You cannot fool us two times. Is that why you’re government failed. Clueless government.

  11. It’s not up to a month, you use ur first son for renew of power, i see d reason u r out talking rubbish

  12. Very correct. It is Tinubu that plunged Nigeria into this suffering Nigerians are passing through

  13. This man is float ….He will soon vanish ……

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  17. Nice one Mr Jonathan, now they will know u too can reply insult,

  18. It’s all your fault @jonathan assuming you do the right thing then to probe Tinubu and not just overlook by now he will be silence but you gave him power to talk, therefore patiently keep quiet for any insult you receive.

  19. Buhari is the most corrupt President Nigeria have ever had. That’s the truth

  20. When an intelligent man talk u go fill am. Tinubu talk make we see. Tinubu no no who be Usain Bolt. PGJ u went too far

  21. This bastard called Tinubu, where is he in the day to day activities of his APC gov. Loser in the garden part 2

  22. Tinubu has become a shame to Nigeria

  23. Hahahahahahaha
    Shame to the APC
    God bless you GEJ

  24. Oga, stop searching for relevance in social media. You have miscalculated making u irrelevant and sinking, now u may be e

  25. Restrategizing for realignment, this may likely consume you.

  26. no be lie, no need to talk much, bcus talking much are for empty brains

  27. he was just talking like patrick obiahiagbon, nothing tangible i could take from d speech

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