Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and Former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who had accused Jonathan’s administration of institutionalizing corruption in Nigeria.
Tinubu claimed that �So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could and that his administration won gold medal in corruption,” and Jonathan replied saying that facts have rather deserted the APC leader faster than Usain Bolt.
The former president who spoke through his former aide and bestselling author, Pastor Reno Omokri, said that under his administration, the only global body for monitoring corruption, Transparency International, had published in its annual corruption index, showing Nigeria made an eight points improvement in corruption reduction, haven moved from 144 to 136 then.
The statement reads in part:
�Again my attention has been drawn to disparaging comments made by Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu against former President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration.
In the said comments, Mr. Tinubu said �The prior government used the public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited its giving only to themselves,” he said.
�So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could. That which could have been spent on national development was squandered in ways that would cause the devil to blush.”
It is a fact that Nigeria made her most improvement in Transparency International‘s annual Corruption Perception Index In 2014 under President Jonathan when we moved from 144 to 136 representing an improvement of 8 points.
Transparency International observed the Jonathan administration’s fight against the corruption in Nigeria’s fertilizer procurement regime, the use of technology to remove 50,000 Federal ghost workers and the speed at which the then President fired ministers accused of corruption or conflict of interests.
From that time till today, Nigeria has not made any improvements and has remained at 136 where Jonathan left us because Transparency International deals with facts, not opinions or media trial.
Perhaps Asiwaju Bola Tinubu mistook the Usain Bolt speed at which Maina was smuggled back into the country and reinstated for the unproven claims of corruption under Jonathan.
Nigerians should note that on the 7th of March 2014, the then President Jonathan said �I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”
Till date, nobody has been able to contradict that statement because it is true.
Can Bola Tinubu or anybody in the APC leadership make a similar claim?
On the issue of Boko Haram and terrorism, it is a fact that there is only one global body recognized to monitor terrorism and that is the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which releases the annual Global Terrorism Index.
It is a fact that between 2013 and 2014, Nigeria under President Jonathan was unfortunately listed as the fourth most terrorized nation in the world.
However, in the latest Global Terrorism Index released yesterday (November 15, 2017) by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Nigeria has deteriorated from where Jonathan left it and is now the third most terrorized nation.
In 2015, President Jonathan ensured that elections held in every local government in Borno states, but last month, the United Nations declared that they could no longer operate in certain local governments of Borno state. So who is fooling who?
So if according to Transparency International, Nigeria was less corrupt under Jonathan than it is today and according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, Nigeria is more terrorized today than it was under Jonathan, it becomes clear that Bola Tinubu has no factual basis to make the claims he made.”
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