- Warns him to stop slandering Goodluck Jonathan
- As Bode George tells Minister to forget 2023 and repair Apapa Expressway
Former aides to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, yesterday, charged on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to stop slandering his boss, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and rather bury his face in shame for his inability to fix Nigeria power crisis and keep to his promises to Nigerians.
He also urged Fashola to help his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari to search his invisible school certificate that has allegedly been ‘kidnapped’ by the military, instead of his (Fashola) continuous dancing naked in the market and blaming Dr. Jonathan for their ineptitude.
Omokri was reacting to Fashola’s alleged persistence slandering of Dr. Jonathan by saying that he (Jonathan) only conceded the 2015 elections due to the impending recession in the country.
He said: “I’m surprised that rather than help his principal, Muhammadu Buhari, look for his invisible school certificate, that has allegedly been ‘kidnapped’ by the military, Fashola, the minister of darkness, persists in slandering Dr. Goodluck Jonathan by saying that he only conceded the 2015 elections due to the impending recession.
“Nothing can be further than the truth, and Fashola, as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, ought to know that. First of all, there was no ‘impending recession’ at any time when Dr. Jonathan was President of Nigeria.
“I will also remind Mr. Fashola that on July 12, 2014, he said ‘the only way you and I will have electricity in this country is to vote out the PDP.’ Mr. Fashola is fond of denying his own statements and we will like to remind him that he cannot deny this one because it was caught on tape.
“Incidentally, the Peoples Democratic Party is no longer in office at the Federal Government and Mr. Fashola has been minister of power for over three years, yet the power situation has not improved. Rather than Fashola bury his head in shame,
he continues to dance naked in the market and blame Dr. Jonathan for what he and his bad gang caused.”
According to Omokri in a statement made available to Sunday Telegraph, what was on the horizon during the Jonathan’s administration was economic boom as evidenced by CNNMoney, which projected Nigeria as the third fastest growing economy in the world in 2015.
He noted that under the Jonathan’s administration, Nigeria was a magnet for investment and was the number one destination for foreign direct investment in Africa as rated by the Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Omokri, who insisted that today, Nigeria is not included in the top 10 in Africa, maintained that Jonathan handed over a robust economy to President Buhari on May 29, 2015, with a single digit inflation rate (it is now double digit), a Transparency International Corruption Perception Index ranking of 136 (it is now 148, the worst in Nigeria’s history), a Petrol Pump Price of ₦87 (it is now ₦145) and a Naira valued at ₦199 to $1 (it is now ₦365 to $1).
“In fact, the economic situation under President Jonathan was much better than it is today that Gallup polls rated Nigeria under Jonathan as the ‘happiest nation on earth.’ In contrast, today, the World Economic Forum rates Nigeria as the world headquarters for extreme poverty!
“The fact, which Mr. Fashola knows very well, is that Nigeria’s first recession in 25 years occurred under President Buhari because he took six months before appointing his cabinet. And even when he appointed his cabinet, he appointed inept certificate forgers to handle a sensitive ministry like the finance ministry, which had hitherto been professionally handled by the world renowned Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“Furthermore, the utterances by Mr. Fashola’s principal, whenever he left the country, served to de-market the economy and trigger capital flight. If President Buhari was not telling the world that all Nigerians were corrupt, except him, he was telling them that Nigerian youths are lazy.
“Statements like that triggered the loss of confidence in the Nigerian economy under Buhari, and indirectly led to the recession.”
Meanwhile, a Chieftain of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, on Saturday, advised the Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to leave the issue of who becomes President in 2023 and focus on improving infrastructure in the country.
George, a one-time military administrator of Ondo State, gave the advice while speaking to newsmen in Lagos.
George was reacting to a statement made by Fashola on Thursday in Ibadan that a vote for President Muhammadu Buhari by the South-West would guarantee the zone the Presidency in 2023.
“Do you know that power is rotating to the South West after the completion of Buhari’s tenure if you vote for him?
“A vote for Buhari in 2019 means a return of power to the South West in 2023. I am sure you will vote wisely,” Fashola had said at a town hall meeting on infrastructure.
George said that roads in the country were begging for attention and that Fashola should fix those roads urgently rather than postulating about 2023.
He noted that the two major roads leading to the Lagos ports were in a deplorable state and urged the minister to focus on fixing those roads in view of their importance to the economy.
“Fashola is the Minister of Works. Look at the key major roads from the ports, they are in deplorable state and these roads are the gateway to the nation’s economy.
“It costs a container to be moved from Apapa ports to Tin- Can to Ikeja N1 million. Just one container and that is what it will cost the same container from Shanghai in China to Lagos.
“So the minister needs to fix those roads now instead of postulating about 2023. These roads have not been maintained for years.
“If goods cannot come out fast from the ports, it will affect those who are buying and selling and if things cannot go into the ports for export, how would people make money.
“Fashola should be concerned about fixing these roads before May 2019 because he would come back someday to give account to the people,’’ he said.