Stop blaming Jonathan and learn to accept responsibility

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

/ by xclusivefx Channels
Editor’s note: The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has repeatedly attributed the problems plaguing the country currently to the mismanagement of resources by the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency and its ability to save for the rainy days. gathered that a former special assistance to Jonathan on new media, Reno Omokri advises President Buhari to stop blaming his former principal and learn to accept responsibility. 

It is rather unfortunate that instead of sticking to the facts in its tiff with Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the federal government decided to drag former President Jonathan into a matter he knows nothing about by stating that "We inherited a country in tatters- its economy, its security and its social relations. President Buhari deserves credit for rebuilding what has been destroyed."

For one, President Muhammadu Buhari did not inherit a country in tatters. Rather, on May 29th, 2015, the day he was sworn in, President Buhari inherited a nation that was the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the world. By the testimony of CNNMoney, he inherited an economy that was the third fastest growing economy in the world, with only China and Qatar growing faster.

 By the testimony of the British Government, he inherited the fourth fastest growing economy in the world. Whether you take the testimony of CNNMoney or that of the U.K. government, the fact is that we were one of the world's most progressive economies. Also, on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari inherited an economy that by the evidence of the World Investment Report, prepared by the Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), was the number one destination for foreign direct investment in Africa.

 And finally on this score, on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari inherited an economy with a stable currency where the Naira exchanged for 199 Naira to $1 and in which Nigeria had a single digit inflation rate. This is in addition to over $30 billion dollars in foreign reserves, $5.6 billion NLNG dividends and a 2015 budget of over 4 trillion Naira which were handed over to the incoming administration by the outgoing Jonathan government.

Again, Nigerians may wish to note that when former President Jonathan was tackling the Boko Haram insurgency, he did not blame or accuse Northern elders. He did what he was elected to do without abdicating his responsibility. 

Today, it is quite sad that President Muhammadu Buhari, who never offered to help during the Boko Haram crisis, now declares that he is 'disappointed' in the leaders of the southeast for not reining in IPOB. Pray, whose job is it to tackle security challenges between an elected President and an unelected council of elders? 

The Buhari administration will do well to explain why the US Congress declared Nigeria "the most dangerous place for Christians in the world" on February 4, 2017 or why the World Economic Forum listed Herdsmen as the fourth most deadly terrorists in the world meanwhile to the Buhari regime, they are merely 'criminals'? 

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