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Again, APC, PDP battle over alleged looted funds

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• Okonjo-Iweala denies diversion of rail project money • Ruling political grouping lists some ‘stolen trillions’ • Opposition party alerts Nigerians on ‘threat to democracy’ • FG plotting to destabilise Ekiti, says Fayose • Buhari moves to recover govt assets

THE move by President Muhammadu Buhari to recover alleged stolen funds has continued to pit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, has broken her silence on the alleged diversion of over $1 billion Lagos-Kano Chinese rail line project loan, saying it is not true.

The allegation was made recently by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Alhaji Mohammed Bashar, while briefing the President on the affairs of the ministry.

Also, the Federal Government yesterday said it would ensure that public office holders, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, return government property in their possession.

During an informal chat with the media in Abuja, last night, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), said it was in line with the administration’s desire to ensure that those who stole government property, including funds, do not go scot-free.

Okonjo-Iweala, in a statement clarifying her position on the funds, insisted that the allegation was untrue because the China EximBank loan is not domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Finance but directly disbursed to the Chinese contractors handling the projects based on a satisfactory project assessment report by the supervising Federal Ministry of Transport.

She alleged that linking her to the alleged diversion was part of a grand design by some desperate Nigerians who have been mounting a campaign of calumny against her.

Going down memory lane, she said: “Since this story was first reported, we have continued to receive media inquiries regarding an allegation reportedly made by Bashar that a substantial part of a $1billion loan obtained from the China-EximBank by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for a Kano-Lagos rail project was diverted to other projects.

“I want to state categorically that there is no truth in the reported allegation. Anyone who is interested can cross-check with the China-EximBank or the Chinese Embassy.

‘‘It is noteworthy that even though President Buhari, in his reported comments on the allegation, made no reference to Dr. Okonjo-Iweala but rightly stressed the need for due process and transparency in the execution of public projects, a sponsored media campaign has once again been launched by political elements to make me the culprit in a non-existent scandal.

“The alleged diversion has no substance for the simple reason that the Kano-Lagos project was not even among the several strategic infrastructural projects across the country presented for funding by the China Exim Bank.

“In fact, it was the Lagos–Ibadan rail project, not Lagos-Kano rail project, that was proposed in the original application to the China-EximBank. But in the end, no funds were assigned for the Lagos-Ibadan rail project by the China-EximBank.

“It is also important to note that even if the alleged project was on the list of China-EximBank funded projects, diversion of any Chinese funds would have been extremely difficult because the terms of the contract and the processes would simply not have permitted such action.

APC, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described as spine-chilling and mind-boggling the massive looting of the nation’s treasury by public officials, saying, nothing but total recovery of the funds will be acceptable to all patriotic Nigerians.

The party said anyone who attempts, either by deed or words to sabotage the recovery efforts is not a patriot and deserves nothing but public opprobrium.

But the PDP is drawing the attention of Nigerians and the international community to some acts, which it claims are not healthy for the nation’s democracy. The party said its fear is derived from the “facts of some conscious actions and inactions of the Buhari-led APC government that allegedly undermine critical institutions of democracy, emasculate the constitution and ostensibly set the stage for a return to dictatorship in Nigeria.”

Also, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has urged Buhari to tread cautiously and be mindful of the body language of those hailing him today.

“The President should be cautious enough to know that the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee tactically told him to tread cautiously and be mindful of the fact that he is not heading a military government.”

The governor, who said he was not unaware of alleged plans to destabilise his government because of his stand on national issues, vowed not to be cowed by threats from any quarter.

The APC, while thanking Nigerians for their support for the Buhari administration in its tough but important task of tracing and recovering the loots, and also ensuring that the looters face justice, said: Truly, what sort of governance can go on if the billions of naira in a few hands are not recovered? In the first instance, the government needs every kobo it can muster to bring about the change it has promised Nigerians. Secondly, leaving such hair-raising funds in the hands of the few looters is dangerous, because they can use the funds to destabilise any government.

‘‘In fact, no one will be surprised if the looters use their dirty funds to sponsor public demonstrations against the government’s determination to recover the funds. Thirdly, allowing those who privatised the commonwealth to get away is offering a thumbs-up for looting. No responsible government will do that.”

APC said it is necessary to remind Nigerians of the kind of massive looting of the treasury that took place in the past few years, so they can better appreciate the seriousness of the issue at stake.
The party lists part of the alleged “stolen trillions” as:

* N3.8 trillion out of the N8.1 trillion earned from crude oil (2012-2015) withheld by NNPC;

* $ 2.1 billion from Excess Crude Account unaccounted for;

* N109.7 billion royalty from oil firms unremitted by Department of Petroleum Resources;

* $6 billion allegedly looted by some ministers of the last administration;

* 160 million barrels of crude worth $13.9 billion lost between 2009 and 2012;

* $15 million from botched arms deal yet to be returned to Nigeria;

* $13 billion in NLNG dividends mostly unaccounted for;

* N30 billion rice waiver; and

* N183 billion unaccounted for at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

But PDP has faulted the figures which it described as imaginary. The party described as reckless, irresponsible and highly provocative, the APC’s statement
wherein the party bandied the figures against the previous administration “to suit a heinous purpose.”

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on yesterday said “the APC has again exhibited its emptiness and disgusting desperation for public approval.

“In trying to escalate their stock-in-trade of lies, wild allegations and falsehood, the APC failed to understand that their baseless fabrications are capable of throwing an unsuspecting nation into chaos.”

Stating that “the spate of fabrications by Lai Mohammed has become a sickening source of worry for well-meaning Nigerians including those in his party”, the PDP called on President Buhari and the APC as a party, to call their spokesman to order before he plunges the country into crisis with wild and unsubstantiated claims.

The PDP said instead of engaging in unnecessary playing to the gallery, the APC-led government should get serious with the fight against corruption by investigating and prosecuting corrupt persons, while moving on with the demands of governance, especially in fulfilling their numerous campaign promises for which they were voted into office at the centre.

PDP advises President on democratic ethos
Metuh said despite claims of being a converted democrat, Buhari has allowed, under his watch, an incessant violation of sections of the nation’s constitution, a development that has become a huge threat to democracy and the stability of the nation.

“For instance, how can this government explain the fact that a major institution of democracy like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been deliberately debilitated to the extent that it can no longer perform its statutory responsibilities?

“This development has completely enervated the commission from carrying out its functions as stipulated in part 1 of 3rd schedule of the 1999 constitution as amended, thereby putting our electoral system under severe threat.

“We ask, if not for a possibility of an ulterior motive to inject a constitutional crisis and undermine the nation’s democracy, why should President Buhari wait to be urged before he upholds his responsibility of forwarding replacements to the Senate for confirmation so as to enable the commission effectively carry out its constitutional responsibilities to the nation?

“The intolerance of the APC and the glaring insensitivity of this government, in spite of the outcries of well-meaning Nigerians against their undemocratic leanings, raise fears about the future of our democracy and the general health of our dear nation.

Fayose alleges ‘plot to destabilise Ekiti’

According to a statement issued by Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said: “Opposition is one of the roots on which democracy stands and any president or governor that does not want opposition will eventually become a dictator.

“I want to state without fear or favour that I will continue to speak the truth no matter whose ox is gored.

“Nigeria belongs to all of us and no one can intimidate me or the good people of Ekiti State who freely and overwhelmingly gave me their mandate.”



46 Comments
  • Benny Hills

    Lai Mohammed and Metu are saying completely different things. Mohammed is concerned about corruption and the looting of the Nigerian state, while Metu is concerned about ?? ..albeit calling Mohammed and his party unprintable names. I Believe Nigerians know what the issues are: Corruption is the biggest threat to the survival of Nigeria; if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill us.

    • kumi

      buhari and coo are looting nigeria and are putting it in the head of pdp make una carry on very soon una secret go open

  • Fada4Life

    PDP chieftain were just looting the National treasury yanfu yanfu without knowing they will account for the money in near future, the culprit should be made to face the laws of the land no sacred cow

    • kumi

      so what have apc done in pass three months

      • Fada4Life

        Doing feasibility studies for Recovery of the looted fund, and tactically saving fund to commence developmental projects
        Say papa go slow

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    Where did Buhari get his information about the missing fund for the railway project? Dr Ngozi has made a verifiable statement, unfortunately Buhari has continued to hide his empties under the shelter of anticorruption. He hasn’t unveiled any leadership plan for the County beside waking up everyday with one allegation or the other against his predecessor. Meanwhile the value of Naira is still spiralling down and investment values in the stock exchange is uncontrollably plummeting down as well. Who does he think Nigerians will blame at the end? Buhari is a real bush man

    • #lionhearted

      U r the real Bush man. is obvious how Previous administration looted Nigeria’s treasury. U are the type of people that doesn’t want this country to move forward. is it a crime to recover our stolen funds ? How could u said Buhari has not unveiled any leadership plan for the country, that is insensitive. Everyone knows Buhari wants better for Nigeria. if Buhari is a bush man what about ur clueless Jona ?

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        What plan has Buhari unveiled? Please I don’t know. Naira and investment in NSE have continued to fall. Please explain. The woman carefully blew up Buhari hollow. The empty man stated that 1B has been diverted but it is now clear that China never left the loan with the FGN but was paying directly to the contractor. Why aren’t you ashamed that a President could make such a blunder on a subject involving another country? How do think China will see Buhari? Certainly as a bush man

        • nuelsymbol

          I think the Permanent Secretary should carry the blame.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            No, not enough. Buhari was given a hand over note by the previous administration but instead of settling down to work he started harvesting half truths from some illiterate malams he called Permsecs because of intent to rubbish his predecessors. Is it an embarrassment that a president could be making these blunders on issues that have international dimension. Absolutely silly!

          • omada

            for your information, anything rumored in Nigeria comes out to be the gospel truth. madam iwela once called nigerian graduates “half baked” you and your family and generation unborn are well classified be this your madam, iwella otherwise known as wahala

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            Dr Ngozi pummel Buhari’s statements hollow and challenged you to visit Chinese embassy if in doubt. That is the most disgraceful response to a President. It is a pity that you are insensitive to the respect of the office of a President. Buhari is messing it up. Big shame!

          • Anthony Nweke

            Osanebi, I would like to acknowledge your point on this issue. I think there is an urgent need to shop for eggheads such as the late General Tunde Idiagbon to once again supply the needed intellectual direction to this administration like he did during the GMB days. Nigerians use to think that General Idiagbon was actually the Head of State then. By the way why are we only talking of recovering looted funds under GEJ? Have we forgotten what happened to our money under the now retired Generals, IBB, Abacha, Abdusalam and OBJ, Yardua and the shameful Halliburton bribery scandal? What about the missing 2.8 billion U.S dollars NNPC money under the auspices of the then GMB?. Let us make this war holistic once and for all now. Once a theft is investigated and facts established, the culprit should be given the option of restitution or litigation in a competent court of jurisdiction. It might be advisable to play down serious punishment to those who willingly comply after which stringent structures should be put in place to forestall future occurrences. Such structures must spell out severe punishments for would-be violators. In making this suggestion I have considered the worrisome fact that 99% of those who have stolen our money are the rich and the powerful of our land and the chase to name and shame them could derail if not stifle this administration if not handled with care.

            GOOD LUCK PMB. May God grant us the courage to bring about the change that we desire to move Nigeria forward for good.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            Thanks so very much. You have aptly articulated all my positions on this platform. However, I can bet that Buhari has sufficiently proved not to be anywhere close to what people believe he stands for. I carefully went thorough IBB’s birthday interview in which he emphasized that OBJ actually recovered some funds from looters when he came in in 1999. It was also on records that N25B from the PTF under Buhari was part of the funds being chased then so IBB’s statement must be taken seriously. He has already accused Buhari of being far from honest for reasons he mentioned. Fighting corruption isn’t about demonizing Dr Goodluck. We are watching. God bless you richly

          • nuelsymbol

            I sincerely say amen to the last paragraph .

    • omada

      is nigeria plagued with massive looting and corruption? are we suffering or not? is there rot in the system or not? how did gej defined corruption?is your state gov. proactive? how good is your community hospital? are you doing a good job? osanebi, you are really a sick man with mental problem.may your generation be ruled the way gej ruled nigeria pls, say amen to that prayer.

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        Your questions are valid and am passionately disturbed as well. There isn’t anything wrong with me. On the contrary however, you will agree with me that the governors who stole state revenue and including workers salaries belong to the two political parties. Indeed more of them are from APC. Obama inherited over $1.2T from G W Bush government. He didn’t tell the world about Bush but got down to work. Buhari isn’t working, APC people are shouting ant corruption even when they are all guilty. Nigeria is bleeding more as indicated but losses in Naira value and investment in stock exchange. Now, are you not disturbed by this hypocrisy? Surprising!

        • Edward Leslie

          This is the problem with Nigerians. All these people including Tinubu who owns all of Lagos are lamenting as if they have clean slates if they do, they should declare their assets and explain how they acquired them. The PDP stole so did the APC and the past military regimes dating back to Babangida. Buhari should keep to his campaign promise as made in PH during his presidential campaign not to go against those who looted previously as this will distract his govt and at the end will be his excuse for not performing well, He should rather bring true reforms, instill discipline, initiate developmental projects and punish stringently any corrupt individual..Look at what has been happening to the naira since he came to office

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            My dear God bless you o! Foolish people may never agree with you but truth remains constant.

          • isaac

            First of all, let us all read the this news we are commenting again and see how how Dr Iweala mixed comments and words together probably to fool nigerians or whatever might be her intention.Okonjo-Iweala, in a statement clarifying her position on the funds, insisted that the allegation was untrue because the China EximBank loan is not domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Finance but directly disbursed to the Chinese contractors handling the projects based on a satisfactory project assessment report by the supervising Federal Ministry of Transport.

            The statement above is a white lie because Nigeria is sovereign nation, therefore would allow any kind of international deal without some if not proper documentation and supervision.I want to state categorically that there is no truth in the reported allegation. Anyone who is interested can cross-check with the China-EximBank or the Chinese Embassy.

            Again that’s a statement that a secondary student would not believe because Chinese embassy is not a state in nigeria, therefore chinese embassy can not and wouldn’t do anything that Nigerian government would not know.“The alleged diversion has no substance for the simple reason that the Kano-Lagos project was not even among the several strategic infrastructural projects across the country presented for funding by the China Exim Bank.

            “In fact, it was the Lagos–Ibadan rail project, not Lagos-Kano rail project, that was proposed in the original application to the China-EximBank. But in the end, no funds were assigned for the Lagos-Ibadan rail project by the China-EximBank.

            “It is also important to note that even if the alleged project was on the list of China-Exim Bank funded projects, diversion of any Chinese funds would have been extremely difficult because the terms of the contract and the processes would simply not have permitted such action.
            There is chinese embassy disbursed fund and there is Lagos -kano project and Lagos ibadan project and non of the project was on chinese embassy list, so where and who did chinese embassy disburse millions of dollars to.
            Lets call a spade its name.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            Go to the Chinese embassy for clarification. Your postulations are irrelevant so long China remains the repository of the information on financial disbursements. They brought the fund and we are told they paid the contractors. You haven’t added a meaningful value to the discuss

          • isaac

            Wao. this show how smart you are, you always believe what you are told.
            thats good for you but not for patriotic Naigerians

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            You can go on advertising your ignorance. The Chinese government have always made this position clear and their company CCEC ( China Construction and Engineering Company) is there at the construction sites. Sheepish followership and propaganda have already expired in Nigerian politics.

    • kumi

      dont mind this blind Nigerians in this forum that can not ask Buhari any question, every dat what hear from apc government is loot and loot the revenue of nigeria in 3 months is 500 trillion Naira what have Buhari government done the last three month no minister because buhari believes apc leader are thief that is while he dont trust them in handing the ministarial post

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        My brother na wao. This kind change, hmmm!

  • halidu

    Everybody should allow Buhari to help removed serious sickness in every Nigerian please

  • agbobu

    JONATHAN IS THE MOST CORRUPT, INEPT, SELFISH, CLUELESS, VISION LESS INCOMPETENT AND THE WORST UNPREPARED PRESIDENT NIGERIA HAS EVER HAD. GOODLUCK JONATHAN WAS NOT ONLY A DISAPPOINTMENT TO HIMSELF BUT TO THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF THE NIGER DELTA. WE THE PEOPLE OF NIGER DELTA WILL NEVER EVER HAVE SUCH OPPORTUNITY TO RULE AND LEAD NIGERIA AGAIN AND IT IS A VERY GREAT SHAME. HOW PEOPLE LIKE YOU STICK UP AND DEFEND SUCH A MONUMENTAL FAILURE IS VERY BAFFLING. [CORRUPTION IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE AND IT IS NOT STATUS BARRED, WHICH TRANSLATES THAT ANY CORRUPT PERSON CAN FACE JUSTICE ANY TIME EVEN AFTER DEATH. PRESIDENT BUHARI IS EFFECTIVE PLAYING HIS ROLE TO CHECKMATE CORRUPTION. IF OTHERS BEFORE HIM HAVE DONE THE SAME THING NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. IN ANY EVENT THE INSTITUTIONS UNDER PAST REGIME DID NOT LIVE UP TO WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF THEM. WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY GRATEFUL TO PRESIDENT BUHARI FOR STRENGTHENING THESE BODIES AND THEY ARE VERY FREE TO CARRY OUT THEIR FUNCTIONS. WE MUST ALL STAND UP VERY TALL AND SAY VERY LOUDLY, VERY FIRSTLY, VERY ROBUSTLY AND VERY COMPLETELY THAT CORRUPTION MUST BE OBLITERATED FROM OUR SOCIETY IF WE WANT TO MAKE VERY MEANINGFUL PROGRESS AS A GREAT NATION

    • Joe M

      Please – read up on your history before you condemn a man who is not responsible for creating the problems that haunt us today.

      • agbobu

        AND WITH GOODLUCK JONATHAN AS PRESIDENT NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS DO NOT NEED AN ENEMY

        • kumi

          fool is talk about someone that dont even know you

      • agbobu

        YET NIGERIANS WHY ARE WE SO NAIVE AND SO DOCILE? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE VERY VIBRANT PRESS OF DAYS GONE BY? WHY DO WE FOLD OUR ARMS AND ALLOW THESE THIEVES AND GANGSTERS REAP US UP AND TOY WITH OUR DESTINY? WHY IS IT THAT WE ALLOW THESE RASCALS TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, LIKE THE KILLING OF TARIYE OMUNGUYE GEORGE OF NEITTI, BY POISONING DURING ONE OF THE SO CALLED RECONCILIATION OF ACCOUNTS MEETING?, WE MAY SAY IT HAS NOT HAPPENED TO ME WHY BOTHER? IF THE MAJORITY GOOD ONES KEEP QUITE AND SAY NOTHING WHEN THE FEW EVIL ONES PERPETUATE THEIR EVIL DEEDS, THEN THE VERY FEW EVIL ONES WILL CONTINUE WITH THEIR EVIL DEEDS. WE MUST ALL NOW STAND UP VERY TALL, LOOK AT OURSELVES FRONTALLY, EYE BALL TO EYE BALL AND BEGIN TO ASK QUESTIONS AND DEMAND VERY IMMEDIATE ANSWERS. IF WE THINK THAT SOME ONE ELSE FROM OUTSIDE WILL DO THIS FOR US, THEN WE ARE ONLY DELUDING OURSELVES. THESE WERE THE SOME PERSONS WHO PROMISED US A FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE NNPC, GAVE US PRICE WATER HOUSE AS THE AUDITOR, BUT DELIBERATELY REFUSED TO GIVE PRICE WATER HOUSE ALL THE ACCOUNTS, THE BANK STATEMENTS, ALL THE FIGURES, ALL THE FACTS ETC. WE MUST ALL SAY VERY LOUDLY, VERY FIRSTLY, VERY FIRMLY AND VERY COMPLETELY THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND THAT ALL OFFENDERS NO MATTER, WHO THEY ARE OR HOW HIGHLY PLACED THEY ARE MUST FACE JUSTICE AND IF FOUND GUILTY, AFTER VERY DILIGENT, FAIR AND VERIFIABLE LEGAL PROCESSES, MUST BE VERY SEVERELY PUNISHED. THIS WILL SERVE AS A DETERRENT FOR FUTURE OFFICE HOLDERS

    • charlieakpeumoh

      The only thing I can blame GEJ for, is his timidity, cowardice and total failure to arrest former Gen. Mohammed Buhari, now President Mohammed Buhari, when he first made that infamous statement, shortly after losing the 2007 elections, that “he will make Nigeria ungovernable!” He then proceeded to organise mass killings (Pogrom) of Nigerians of South-East and South-South origin then resident in the Northern States of Nigeria. There was no so-called “peace council” by then!!! His “making Nigeria ungovernable” is the precursor to the present boko haram islamic terrorism in the same Northern States of Nigeria. The same clueless and lame-duck GEJ, even after being shown clear evidences of the submission of fake WAEC certificates by Buhari to INEC – to contest the recent elections, which he purportedly won, no thanks to dubious pressures from never-before-recorded various foreign- and local-sponsored “peace councils” in that country’s history – failed woefully to utilize the relevant criminal laws of the land, to bring Buhari to face justice. If that was not an abject display of timidity and cowardice, then I don’t know my “right-from-left”! Even the US, which strangely enough to this day, cannot solve it’s own problem of systematic extermination of mainly black males by well- armed racist, white policemen, openly interferred in Nigeria’s internal affairs – as if that West African country is just one of its “Banana Republic”; which I am now quite sure, she is!!! OH, Jonathan; oh GEJ, just see what you and your “Dame” madam have done to the very people, who enthusiastically voted you into office. You are not even brave enough to defend them now. Now that Buhari has magically found his way into the same driving seat of governance in Nigeria, no thanks to your procrastinations, he will certainly show you and all your companies or companions, “how to govern Nigeria”. Gbam! There is a wise saying and it goes like this, “paradise lost, can never be regained!” Are you now wiser? Never again should anybody from your State be allowed to even contest a presidential election in Nigeria. You all should go and do what you know best in the mangroves of the Niger Delta; called “oil bunkering”.

      • agbobu

        DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN CONFIRMED THAT HE HAS MEMBERS IN HIS CABINET DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER GENERAL AZAZI SAID THAT SOME TOP MEMBERS OF THE PDP ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF BOKO HARAM. SHORTLY AFTER THAT STATEMENT HE WAS KILLED AND GOODLUCK JONATHAN DID NOTHING AND SAID NOTHING. SO PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK AS GOODLUCK JONATHAN KNEW A LOT ABOUT BOKO HARAM BUT DID NOT SHARE WHAT HE NEW WITH WE THE PEOPLE. AL BECAUSE HE WANTED RE ELECTION VERY BADLY.

        • kumi

          you are a goat, so what did buhari know about boko haram

      • Phylp Rome NwaIgbo( Donezeh)

        Charlie its so obvious you are still sleeping or maybe drunk in a confused state. GEJ messed up the nation, he failed to rule as a true leader in all aspect, allowing his wife and other women meddle in the affairs of Nigeria governance. In the history of Nigeria where has the president wife taken campaign stage or centre of attraction in Nigeria affair. A true leader needs to appoint his adivcer and not his enemy imposing advicer for him and he accept because he want to retain power. A man who has not control over his surrounding is a failed leader.
        Fair enough GEJ is a good man at heart but a weak man mentally as a leader, he knows it and has accepted it. Its a shame when people stand up and say GEJ ruled well, with open corrupt system, no rule of law , where everything goes. Highest looting saga,oil theft and loans used for personal gain without pay back was on the rise. The masses suffering and a leader tellls them story how he goes from creek to creek catching fish but he never impacted to the lives of those in the creek. He was an Educationist he knows what the lecturers go through , but during GEJ tenure ASUU was always on strike.

        Please if you can point out an outstanding achievement by GEJ that was of benefit to you and other poor masses I will stop tying on here. Where GEJ failed was his lack of focus and direction, not embarking on a straight and direct project that will effect and benefit the lives of Nigeria. Yes he initiated Rail system, with modern system people use high voltage to power rail line so as to minimise pollution and protect global warming , Most of the project we all know was an avenue to sip money out of the treasury. May God help us all.

        • kumi

          you are a big fool to say Gej mess up the nation which nation, is not Gej who made you vote freely in nigeria before bringing buhari if through Gej mess up nigeria do you think he will hand over to a person that will kill him. i think he would have rig the election and still remain in power it was GEJ electoral reform that made your vote to count

          • Cjaypapi

            Kumiiiiii, it people like you who do not have mental sense to differencite between success and failure. I guess you think we are still in the dark age where political leaders can impose themselves .GEJ should had remained if he will not end up losing his retirement benefit. As for you I don’t know what direction your life faces progression or retrogression ,but from your statement its shows you have low thinking ability and need PMB rehabilitation to bring you to the world of I am for everybody and I belong to no one. Luminous you just an arrogant fool, reading all your statement no positive or constructive statement you have made rather you abuse people. What did you and your family gain from the 6 yrs rule. Thanks

  • nuelsymbol

    If I were President Buhari ,I will surely remove that Permanent Secretary who is not articulated on a matter like this . If the explanation of Dr. Okonjo- Iweala is true to fact, it is a big embarrassment to the President .

    • Adetunji Ebo

      I totally agree with you and it doesn’t portray the President as a man in control. He needs to confirm whatever he’s told before his media machines run to the press.

      • nuelsymbol

        Well stated.

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  • agbobu

    GBAM!!! THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT BUHARI THAT IS THE REASON WE THE PEOPLE THE MASSES VOTED FOR YOU. PRESIDENT BUHARI YOU MUST KILL CORRUPTION, BEFORE CORRUPTION KILLS NIGERIA –

  • Jay Bina

    What is wrong with Nigerians? Are we all the epitome of corruption
    that we are sniffing and glorifying thieves?

  • agbobu

    [NIGERIANS WHY ARE WE SO NAIVE AND SO DOCILE? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE VERY VIBRANT PRESS OF DAYS GONE BY? WHY DO WE FOLD OUR ARMS AND ALLOW THESE THIEVES AND GANGSTERS REAP US UP AND TOY WITH OUR DESTINY? WHY IS IT THAT WE ALLOW THESE RASCALS TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, LIKE THE KILLING OF TARIYE OMUNGUYE GEORGE OF NEITTI, BY POISONING DURING ONE OF THE SO CALLED RECONCILIATION OF ACCOUNTS MEETING?, WE MAY SAY IT HAS NOT HAPPENED TO ME WHY BOTHER? IF THE MAJORITY GOOD ONES KEEP QUITE AND SAY NOTHING WHEN THE FEW EVIL ONES PERPETUATE THEIR EVIL DEEDS, THEN THE VERY FEW EVIL ONES WILL CONTINUE WITH THEIR EVIL DEEDS. WE MUST ALL NOW STAND UP VERY TALL, LOOK AT OURSELVES FRONTALLY, EYE BALL TO EYE BALL AND BEGIN TO ASK QUESTIONS AND DEMAND VERY IMMEDIATE ANSWERS. IF WE THINK THAT SOME ONE ELSE FROM OUTSIDE WILL DO THIS FOR US, THEN WE ARE ONLY DELUDING OURSELVES. THESE WERE THE SOME PERSONS WHO PROMISED US A FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE NNPC, GAVE US PRICE WATER HOUSE AS THE AUDITOR, BUT DELIBERATELY REFUSED TO GIVE PRICE WATER HOUSE ALL THE ACCOUNTS, THE BANK STATEMENTS, ALL THE FIGURES, ALL THE FACTS ETC. WE MUST ALL SAY VERY LOUDLY, VERY FIRSTLY, VERY FIRMLY AND VERY COMPLETELY THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND THAT ALL OFFENDERS NO MATTER, WHO THEY ARE OR HOW HIGHLY PLACED THEY ARE MUST FACE JUSTICE AND IF FOUND GUILTY, AFTER VERY DILIGENT, FAIR AND VERIFIABLE LEGAL PROCESSES, MUST BE VERY SEVERELY PUNISHED. THIS WILL SERVE AS A DETERRENT FOR FUTURE OFFICE HOLDERS

  • Folorunso Folowosele

    “The Federal Government … would ensure that public office holders …under President GEJ return government property in their possession … in line with the (President MB) administration’s desire … that those who stole government property, including funds, do not go scot-free.”
    A good ‘desirable’ policy indeed, if implemented!
    But why the limitation to only those under GEJ? At least, we should go back to the beginning of the 21st Century Anno Domini. The events and people and records we all can still recall and probably collect and collate to enable us begin again. We should not shy way from bringing us all back to account for the past fifteen years and, if necessary, to the 20th Century A.D.
    Let us do this without fear or favour. Ghana once did this with bloodletting. Nigeria should do it bloodless but with boldness.
    The time is now or else the opportunity slips away. Gather the loots now!

  • kumi

    Buhari since failure of apc government because those who with the apc are all thief so let see how the will be the saint that will not loot nigeria since they are all interested of recovering the money they invested in election before they will start to work we are watching

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