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Monday, 14 August 2017

Corruption worsened under Buhari – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and President
Muhammadu Buhari

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said
that corruption in Nigeria is worse under the
current administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari against the claim by the
current government that corruption was at its
peak while Jonathan was in government .

The former President had claimed at the non -
elective convention of the Peoples Democratic
Party held in Abuja on Saturday that his
government had better economic policies than
the government of President Buhari.

Jonathan also claimed that his government put
in place structures that reduced corruption to
its barest minimum , though he said his
government did not plug all the loopholes .

He also said that his government left behind a
robust economy for the Buhari administration
in 2015 .

Reno Omokri , former Special Assistant to
President Jonathan on New Media signed the
statement on behalf of the former President .

The statement read in part , “ Mr. Okechukwu
should note that the premier global agency
universally recognized to gauge corruption is
Transparency International who releases an
annual Corruption Perception Index .

“ It may surprise Mr. Okechukwu and his boss
to know that the last time Nigeria made
progress on Transparency International’ s
annual Corruption Perception Index was in
2014 under former President Jonathan when
we moved eight places from number 144 to
number 136 under Goodluck Jonathan .

“ That year marked the most improvement
Nigeria has ever made since Transparency
International began publishing the annual
Corruption Perception Index in 1995 .

“ Transparency International took note of the
Jonathan administration ’ s e - wallet system that
cut out the corruption in Nigeria ’ s fertilizer
procurement system , the Integrated Payroll and
Personnel Information System (IPPIS ) which
weeded out 50 , 000 ghost workers from the
Federal civil service , the cashless policy and
the fact that the Jonathan government promptly
fired two ministers ( Professor Barth Nnaji and
Stella Oduah) mentioned in corruption
scandals . ”

He said that since 2014 , Nigeria had yet to
improve in Transparency International’ s
annual Corruption Perception Index ranking
and had remained 136 in 2015 and still remain
136 on the latest CPI ranking released in 2017 .

According to him , “ In the most recent CPI
Transparency International said and I quote
“ Some other large African countries have failed
to improve their scores on the index. These
include South Africa , Nigeria, Tanzania , and
Kenya . ”

“ If it were true that the Buhari administration
was really fighting corruption , why hasn’ t
Nigeria made progress in the CPI?

“ The answer is because you can deceive some
gullible Nigerians but you cannot deceive
Transparency International .

“ With a Minister of Transport that admitted to
spending $ 500, 000 on a one day dinner for
Professor Wole Soyinka in your government ,
with a suspended Secretary to the Government
of the Federation who was caught red handed
looting funds meant for IDPs and who has not
been fired , arrested or prosecuted and with a
padded budget scandal that spends borrowed
monies on luxuries for favored individuals, you
can’ t pull the wool over the eyes of
Transparency International .

“ I suggest he should go to Wuse Market, Abuja ,
or Mile 12 Market Lagos or even Rimi Market
Kano and say that . If he survives the
experience then I will agree with him .

“ The fact remains that under the Jonathan
administration , CNNMoney projected that our
economy was the third fastest growing
economy in the world with only China and
Qatar ahead of us .

“ Did President Jonathan ‘ railroad’ CNN Money ?
Or did he also railroad the former British Prime
Minister, David Cameron, who said on October
12 , 2012 as follows ‘ Yes, we ’ ve been hearing
about China and India for years … but it ’ s hard
to believe what ’ s happening in Brazil, in
Indonesia, in Nigeria too. ’

“ The fact remains that under Jonathan , Nigeria
experienced unprecedented growth . I leave it to
Nigerians to determine what they are
experiencing today. ”

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