President Jonathan squandered $45 billion oil savings – Obasanjo
Former president of Nigerian, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of squandering $45 Billion of Nigeria’s oil savings. The former president also stated that President Jonathan should be held responsible for the crash of the Naira from 150 per Dollar to over 190 per Dollar.
Speaking to women market leaders Iyalodes
and Iyalojas from the Southwest, the former
president nevertheless reiterated that he did not have a personal issue with President Goodluck Jonathan saying all his comments on him were generally based on the poor leadership he said was a threat to the well being of the nation.
“Our economy should not have been this bad. When I was leaving office about eight years ago, I left a very huge reserve after we had paid all our debts. Almost $25billion we kept in what they called excess crude. The excess from the budget we were saving as reserve for the rainy days. When we left in May 2007, the reserve was said to have been raised to $35billion,”
“But today, that reserve has been depleted! Today, that reserve has been depleted. The reserve we left when we finished paying all our debts, our debts that was about 40billion dollars, that is including debt forgiveness, the remaining debt was not more than $3billion. Our reserve after we had paid off this debt was about $45billion. As I said, they continued till the end of 2007, I heard that the reserve increased to almost $67billion before the end of the year. Our reserve now, learnt is left with around only $30billion,”
“I know that God did not create Nigeria not to be rich or great. Is it that the people he created in Nigeria are not knowledgeable enough or not intelligent enough? Or is that they don’t know their rights? Our problems in Nigeria, let’s look at the foundation of our leadership. In the profession I know very well, the military, what we normally say is that there are no bad soldiers but bad officers. If you see a situation where the soldiers are not doing well, we need to examine the officers in charge. So it is in the family, the community, the town and the country,”
“I have no grudges against Jonathan and I think Jonathan equally has no grudges against me. I’m not quarrelling with Jonathan but all I know is that whatever is good for Nigeria, that I’m ready to die for,”
“I emphasize that whatever is good for Nigeria, is what I’m ready to defend with my life. Whoever, I emphasize, whoever says he would not do anything good to Nigeria, even if he says he’s ready to go ‘konko below’, I’m ready to square it up with such a person. I say again, whoever that person may be, I want you to get that correctly. If this country is going to change for the better, it would start from the top and if it’s going to be otherwise, it would start from the top, too,” Obasanjo said.
While speaking on Monday January 5th, 2015 at a hotel in Abeokuta, the former president advised Nigerians to vote wisely in the forth coming elections.
Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo has been a critic of President Jonathan’s administration, stating that President Jonathan is not fit to lead the country forward.