Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has described former President Goodluck Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a corrupt regime, and the chief cause of Nigeria’s current economic storm. He also called on Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks solutions to the country’s economic problems. He said,
“The recent revelation of former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) claims that he got instruction from former President to allegedly divert arms money for PDP’s campaigns gives credence to the fact that Nigeria was brought to her knee by Jonathan’s government, the cause of what we are facing today.
“It is a condemnable act which all patriotic Nigerians, regardless of their political leaning must condemn. How would a few individual decided to divert money meant to save lives of Nigerians to campaigns?”
He admonished Nigerians to see President Buhari as a hope for a better tomorrow and belief that the present economic challenges would not last long.
In the same vein, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had on Monday blamed the endless fuel queues across the country on the immediate past government. He said its Nigerians’ way of paying for the sins of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The minister briefed journalists in the company of Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma. According to him, Jonathan’s administration failed to make provision for fuel subsidy as far back as August 2014.
The present fuel scarcity, he said, is not as a result of unavailability of the product in the country, but due to distribution problem.
What I will be telling Nigerians is that what we met on ground is such that we are paying for the sins of the last administration. I am being very serious. You remember that about two weeks ago, we had to go to the National Assembly for a supplementary budget of N674 billion.
Of that figure, N522 billion was for arrears of fuel subsidy which was incurred as far back as August last year. One of the reasons for the fuel scarcity was the inability of the last government to make adequate provision for fuel subsidy.
We do face some other logistic problems but majorly we are paying for the sins of the last administration.”
Meanwhile, report reaching us says that the federal government has made provisions for fuel to reduce the effects of the scarcity Nigerians are currently witnessing across the country.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, stated further that an order was given to the Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC) for them to embark on special supply intervention measures to ensure country-wide availability of product ahead of the festive seasons
However, not all Nigerians are in support of the claims as Ben Murray-Bruce has taken to the social media to voice his opinions about Lai Mohammed’s accusation against Jonathan. See what he tweeted in response;