PRESIDENT BUHARI VERSUS PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN'S REGIME
The National Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (South-East), Chief Emma Eneukwu, and former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, have slammed former President Goodluck Jonathan over his claim that his government had good economic programmes.
Jonathan had, at the Non-Elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party held in Abuja on Saturday, claimed that his government had a sound economic team.
According to Jonathan, his government provided focused leadership through institutional reforms which he said impacted positively on the fundamentals for growth, especially in the last four years of his time in power.
Reacting to the former president’s claim, Eneukwu accused Jonathan of throwing the country into a mess.
He said, “Even a blind man in Nigeria knows that (Goodluck) Jonathan threw this country into a mess. Billions and billions of naira are being refunded and found in private houses. Is the money not being refunded by people who served under Jonathan?
“The man shouldn’t talk, he should bury his head in shame; his administration is almost the worst I can think of. He never checked people who worked under him; it was free-for-all corruption.”
Also commenting on Jonathan’s statement, Balarabe Musa said past presidents, including Goodluck Jonathan, played on Nigerians’ short memories.
“We seem not to have realised that they did less than the present. They are now heroes in a way. They are almost now gloating and trying to decide the fate of the country.
“The ex-President is not only to blame for our failures, his own was even worse. In the present, we have seen competence in a few things, but in his own (Jonathan) case, he showed competence in nothing. He allowed corruption to fester during his own time.
“But we are not sure if the present administration is not doing worse. This is because the state of the economy can only be reasonably determined by the state of the people.”
Former Chief of Army Staff, Isaiah Baimaiyi has claimed that some people are benefitting from President Muhammadu Buhari’s illness.
In an interview with newsmen during the 40th general conference of the United Missionary Church of Africa (UMCA) at the UMCA Theological College in Ilorin, Kwara State, he also described those playing politics with Buhari’s health as “irresponsible”.
“It’s normal for any human being to fall sick. He took all necessary constitutional steps before he left the country.
“Yes, I agree there are problems. I think people who are really close to the president are benefiting from his health problems.
“They are the ones causing problem for him. There’s no reason whatsoever why they should not talk about the president’s health. If the president feels he can’t continue, he will be the one to tell you.
“I know Mr President very well enough because I worked under him directly. I know him to be respectful and straight forward.
“If he knows he won’t
able to continue, he would have said so. We shouldn’t play politics with the president health. It doesn’t portray us as responsible people,” he said