Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation has slammed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for accusing the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of massively looting the nation’s resources.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday, Nov. 6, at the legislative economic summit themed “Legislative Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development”, Osinbajo had specifically said that before the 2015 elections, the government of Goodluck Jonathan, ostensibly doled out N100 billion and $295 million in cash within two weeks.
The Vice President had stressed that the Nigerian system was deeply infested with corruption, adding that under the administration of Jonathan, Nigeria witnessed barefaced stealing and waste of resources unprecedented anywhere in the world which is responsible for the economic crunch currently plaguing the country.
Osinbajo also stated that under Jonathan’s watch, there was also inflation of contracts and other procurements which, he noted, always made the cost of infrastructure necessary for development unaffordable.
But in reaction to the VP’s comments, Fani-Kayode described the Vice President as a “pernicious liar and a sanctimonious, self-serving dwarf.”
In a tweet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, the PDP chieftain asked the Vice President to “leave Jonathan alone” and clean up their mess. He wrote:
“There is nothing worse than a pernicious liar and a sanctimonious, self-serving dwarf.”
“Leave Jonathan alone and clean up ur filthy mess!”
Jonathan’s former special assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, has also reacted to Osinbajo’s claim that Jonathan’s administration did not build any infrastructure for Nigeria but frittered away the nation’s wealth, describing the comment as a barefaced lie.
In a statement on Tuesday, titled ‘Vice President Osinbajo’s Penchant to Lie Against ex-President Jonathan is Unbecoming of an Alleged Pastor’, Reno Omokri claimed that it was on record that the Jonathan administration was only second to the Yakubu Gowon administration in terms of infrastructure.
The statement read:
“The most expensive and valuable project built in Nigeria in the last 20 years is the $1.8 billion Abuja-Kaduna 187 kilometres super-fast railway that enables Nigerians work in Abuja and live in Kaduna. This project was built and completed by the Jonathan administration. Does the Vice President know this?
“Also, former President Jonathan revived the Nigerian Railways in five of the six geo-political zones restoring direct rail service from Lagos to Kano, Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and Makurdi to Gombe.
“When Rotimi Amaechi took over as minister of transport in 2015, he said “In fact, I think we have a problem; most people don’t believe that the railway transport is functioning in Nigeria. I didn’t even know, until I started this tour, I never knew that the railway was functioning, it was even from his (MD’s) speech that I learnt that there are some coaches or services that go to Kano or Port Harcourt or elsewhere.
“My question to the Vice President is who built these rail infrastructures that Amaechi was referring to?
“Under former President Jonathan, Nigeria for the first time had national radar coverage through the the Total Radio Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) project completed by the Jonathan administration in 2012. TRACON is the reason Nigeria no longer has frequent air crashes. Can Vice President Osinbajo deny that this was done by the Jonathan government?
“Going further, the Jonathan administration completed the $600 million 750 MW Olorunsogo II Power Station in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. Does the Vice President deny this?
“The Jonathan government also built the 504 MW simple cycle Gas Alaoji Power station in Aba, Abia State. Is this also a lie?
“That administration also built 12 brand new federal universities including the only federal university in President Buhari’s state of Katsina. The Jonathan administration also constructed and completed 165 Almajiri schools all over Northern Nigeria.
“Nigerians will recall that the Jonathan administration rebuilt the Benin-Ore portions of the Benin-Lagos road, the Vom-Manchok road, the Kano-Zaria Road bridge in Kano (named after late Emir Ado Bayero) and many more.
“Now, I urge Nigerians to compare these projects with what has been conceived of, started and completed by the Buhari administration which has only been able to initiate and complete only one project in two and a half years, which is the helipad in Daura.
“How can an administration that cannot even provide paracetamol for the Aso Rock clinic despite over N3billion budgeted for it under President Buhari (according to the First Lady) accuse the Jonathan administration that refurbished 10 general hospitals for the masses across Nigeria?
“There was never a time that the external reserve was $45 billion under Jonathan. The reserves were $33-35 billion under Jonathan.
“The money the Vice President added to make it $45 billion was the Excess Crude Account which Jonathan refused to touch until members of Mr. Osinbajo’s party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), led by the then Governor of Rivers state and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Rotimi Amaechi, took the Federal Government to court and got the Supreme Court to force the Jonathan administration to share that money with them.
“We will continue to pray for Vice President Osinbajo who is obviously unequally yoked and is now mixing light with darkness.”