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Empty Treasury: Who is fooling who; Buhari or Jonathan?

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Who is fooling who; Jonathan or Buhari?
Who is fooling Nigerians: Goodluck Jonathan, Abubakar Sulaiman or Muhammadu Buhari?

Immediate past Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, yesterday, faulted claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that his administration met an empty treasury.
Suleiman said the former administration as at May 29 left behind $30 billion, adding that the sum would have been higher had the governors not insisted on sharing the fund.
He warned that the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, must not be criminalized and painted a plunderer and looter of the nation’s treasury before the generality of Nigerians.
Sulaiman’s words, issued late Tuesday:
“It will be misleading for our respected President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed the ruling APC to claim to have met an empty treasury.”
“Government can’t tell us that there is no Excess Crude Account (ECA), Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) or are we saying the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and related agencies had not in the last one month been generating revenue?”
“Until they are able to prove they had no receipts from these government agencies in the last one month before Nigerians can now buy into Mr. President’s claim of an empty treasury.”
“Money made by government is meant to be spent, and this the immediate past administration did responsibly.”
“Every government, even in the so-called western world, including the US which today remains one of the largest debtors nations in the world, government operates on deficit.”
Suleiman was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Monday pronouncement that he inherited a country with virtually an empty treasury from Jonathan. Buhari, who met with State House correspondents on Monday to mark his first day in the Aso Rock office, said his administration was being weighed down by debts running into millions of dollars.
Although he did not say how much debt he met, he promised to put in his best to salvage the country from the brink of collapse.
Lamenting that it was disgraceful for state and federal workers not to be paid their salaries as and when due, he told the correspondents that he would need their help to avoid a situation where Nigerians might march on him.
The President added that the culture of assessing government’s performance in the first 100 days in office was putting pressure on him considering the mismanaged economy he inherited.
But it is too early for Buhari to complain about pressure. Three weeks after his May 29 inauguration is a far cry from 100 days. Besides, it is the inability to do what is right that puts a man under pressure; doing the right thing frees the mind like no man’s business.
Giving excuses of a looted treasury will not fetch Buhari any applause on Day 100. But fingering who stole what and making obvious steps to recover some of the loot will.
Sulaiman’s defence of his former boss Jonathan, though expected, is not convincing because even he could not say specifically in which accounts the claimed $30 billion was kept. He only conjectured and was apparently not in charge of any federal monies.
This is a good time for all those who refused to collaborate 100% with Buhari’s transition committee to be summoned by the Senate or Presidency and made to explain the empty treasury or show Nigerians where Sulaiman’s $30 billion was kept.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


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