Goodluck Jonathan just got slammed by the National Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (South-East), Chief Emma Eneukwu, and a former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa,over his claim that his government had good economic programmes.
GEJ—during the Non-Elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party held in Abuja on Saturday—said his government had a sound economic team.
He recalled that in 2012, there were flood disasters in many parts of the country, stressing that the floods damaged homes and farmlands on the plains of River Niger and River Benue, adding that despite the devastating effects of the natural disaster, there were no food shortages or arbitrary increase in prices.
On the economic front, he said 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.
But Eneukwu, in an interview with PUNCH on Sunday, accused the former President of throwing the country into a mess.
“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?” Eneukwu questioned, adding, “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.
“Of course, Nigerians have short memories. What is our attitude to all the former presidents, particularly as to how they handled our economy?” Musa questioned, adding, “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 APC chief continued, “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.”
Meanwhile, APC has asked the Peoples Democratic Party to forget its idea of returning to power in 2019. But PDP had said during its Non-Elective National Convention that it was ready to take over the government at the centre in 2019.
Let’s wait and see who will.