Governor accuses Jonathan of squandering $35bn oil revenue

Gov Rauf Aregbesola speaking at the APC rally in Lagos

Gov Rauf Aregbesola speaking at the APC rally in Lagos

02 February 2015, Lagos – The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the weekend accused President Goodluck Jonathan of squandering about $35 billion of oil revenue which accrued to the government of the federation.

Aregbesola was quoted as speaking in Lagos on Friday at the Presidential rally which saw the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and others reminding the huge crowd that the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party have brought Nigeria to her knees.

Aregbesola, who is also the South-West Coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaigns, said it’s either Nigerians wanted misery, poverty, insecurity and other indices of misrule to continue or they want a halt to them.

“The issues involved in the 2015 election are not many at all. It is about sustenance of poverty and abolition of poverty. If you are interested in being poor, if you are interested in misery, if you are interested in hardship, vote PDP,” Aregbesola, in a release by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon, was quoted as saying.

He continued, “But if you believe there must be an end to poverty, if you believe there must be end to hardship, if you believe that there must be an end to backwardness, the only choice in Nigeria today is APC.”

Accusing the Jonathan administration of squandering the nation’s wealth, the Osun governor said “Under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan, at about average cost of 80 dollars per barrel, Nigeria has earned about $35billion of oil and what have we to show for it? Nothing! Poverty unemployment, hunger, insecurity, and what have you. That is why we say all the time that it is bye to all these shenanigans.”

The governor also said that the insecurity challenge in the country has robbed Nigeria of a sizeable part of its whole noting that Jonathan cannot today boast of having under his control, the same size of Nigeria that he inherited some six years ago.

He said, “About six years ago, when President Jonathan inherited the Presidency of Nigeria, Nigeria was a peaceful united nation. But within the six years of his presidency, a whole chunk of Nigeria is out of Nigeria. Do you want that to continue? When President came with his name, our better luck became bad luck. APC promises best luck.”

Gen Buhari, while speaking, assured the supporters and all Nigerians of good governance under his watch. He said the government of the PDP has bled Nigeria to coma just as he urged all to ensure collection of their voters’ cards.

Former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said the issue of Buhari’s ambition and readiness to serve has moved beyond the qualifications dust being raised by the Jonathan campaign organization. He said Nigerians have been so battered economically, politically and socially that they no longer want to care about academic qualifications.
*Daily Independent

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