Corruption worsened under Buhari's government - Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria's immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has revealed in his new book, ‘My Transition Hours’ launched on Tuesday, that the level of corruption in the country has worsened under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan added that his successor also drove investors away de-marketing.

He wrote: “The sundry accusations by
the new administration will appear to have baited the media. Media trials are entertaining but have little or no effect in fighting corruption and improving the economy."

“Since I left office, rather than improve on our TI corruption perception record, the situation has worsened with the nation going 12 places backward, becoming number 148 according to the latest CPI ranking for 2017, from 136 in 2014 when I was President."

“It was bad enough that Boko Haram insurgency continued killing people and ruining businesses but what is worse is when politicians downgrade the economy by de-marketing the country internationally.”

Jonathan also said the decision to engage in media trials also worsened the corruption perception of Nigeria. He said in the process of trying to rubbish his name, the government ended up destroying the nation's progress, failing to realise that foreign investors are always very sensitive to the utterances of the government.

Jonathan added, “You should never try to slander your political opponent by destroying your country’s economy. Capital flight intensified and companies started laying off staff. In all this, I hope a lesson will be learned. If you embark on digging a hole for your enemy, you better make it shallow because you might end up in the hole yourself.

“How do you attract investors you already repelled through your utterances? Investors are an ultrasensitive lot. Money runs away from unstable societies.”

In the book, the ex-president also attributed his 2015 loss to Buhari to the former president of the United States of America, whom he said took an unusual step by “prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition” in the election.

“On March 23, 2015, President Obama himself took the unusual step of releasing a video message directly to Nigerians all but telling them how to vote,” Mr Jonathan wrote.

“In that video, Obama urged Nigerians to open the “next chapter” by their votes. Those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government.”

“The message was so condescending, it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them,” he said.




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