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We Can’t Stop Blaming Goodluck Jonathan for Economy Recession – Presidency

It is not new anymore as Presidency keep pouring blames on former president Goodluck Jonathan for the current economic recession in the country, urging Nigerians to bear the pain as it is the only way to fix the country.

It accused the Jonathan administration of mismanaging the country’s resources, saying the result is what is manifesting under the present government.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Friday, September 2, in an opinion article titled “What is President Buhari doing with the economy?”

Contrary to the opinions of many prominent Nigerians, including the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that Buhari should stop blaming Jonathan for Nigeria’s current woes, Shehu said the president must not forget the past in order not to make the same mistakes.

He said the future must be built on the foundations of the past.

Shehu said: “To avoid repeating the past mistakes, Nigerians must come to terms with what went wrong with the past, how bad things were, what was done wrongly, what the past government should have done before we come to what needs to be done to right those wrongs.

“Believe me; episodes from the Jonathan era can fill books, and other possibilities, such as courtroom drama thriller.

“The current pain is due to the mismanagement of the past. What Nigeria is currently experiencing was inevitable. This government is simply being honest with the people instead of piling up debts and concealing the truth by pretending all was rosy. This government believes that Nigerians deserve to know the truth.

“People stole unbelievable amounts of money. The kind of money some of these ex-officials hold is itself a threat to the security of the state. Since it is not money earned, they feel no pain deploying just anyhow to thwart genuine and well-intentioned government efforts.

“Sadly, even that which was not stolen was wasted. Government coffers were left empty, with huge debts unpaid and unrecorded (this government is working to quantify the amount owed). Even the current high food prices can be traced to past deceit. Read More

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