Obasanjo, Jonathan, Others Responsible Our Economic Woes-Buhari Insists

By Ikenga Chronicles December 2, 2016

Obasanjo, Jonathan, Others Responsible Our Economic Woes-Buhari Insists

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is unrelenting as he continues to insist that past administrations of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan among others are the reason why the country has continued to witness unprecedented poor economy since his emergence almost two years ago.

Buhari on different occasions within and outside the country had thrown shades on former presidents for taking the country into the abyss of corruption.

His latest assertion was contained in a statement released on Thursday, December 1 by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,  Femi Adesina, as the outcome of what transpired when the President received the Letter of Credence of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria,  William Symington, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari lamented that the years of mishandling of the economy at a period of financial boom caused the current economic problem ravaging the country.

The President, who said that corruption was turning into a culture at his coming, boasted that his target of reversing the “culture of corruption” in the country had received commendations from Nigerians, as many now understand from the ongoing investigations and prosecutions, the depth of damage done by some previous administration.

“The corruption we met at personal and institutional levels was unbelievable. Corruption was turning into a culture. After we came in, people started realising the truth,” he said.

President Buhari further told the ambassador of his administration’s resolve to continue investigations and prosecution of corrupt persons in the country, maintaining that Nigeria will either kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria in the long run.

He said, “It has not been easy for another party to come in and get things done properly, especially with the new economic reality of $37 per barrel of oil, against the $100 for the period, and there was no savings, no infrastructure on ground.”

Obasanjo had while delivering  a keynote address at the First Akintola Williams Annual Lecture, lashed out at the Buhari administration, for repeatedly lumping the country’s three previous administrations (including the one he, Obasanjo led) together, and then accusing them of mis-governance.

He had also advised Buhari, to stop dwelling on the past, saying since he was elected to change the country, he should concentrate on clearing the mess he inherited.

“Now that we have had ‘change’, because the actors and the situation needed to be changed, let us move forward to have progress through a comprehensive economic policy and programme that is intellectually, strategically, and philosophically based.” Obasanjo had said.

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