Federal Authorities yesterday hit again at Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for dismissing the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as corrupt, incompetent and unfocused.
It described the previous president as a person on a failed mission with former vp and Peoples Democratic (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed instructed newsmen in Abuja that Obasanjo’s views on the administration was influenced by his assist for his former deputy and PDP candidate.
He, nevertheless, mentioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) authorities was not perturbed by the ex-president’s endorsement of Atiku, arguing that endorsement doesn’t win elections.
Former president Obasanjo, in an announcement on Sunday, mentioned he can’t sit on the fence over 2019 election as a result of “solely a idiot will sit on the fence or be impartial when his or her nation is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the plain.”
The previous president reassured Nigerians that he won’t sit on the fence when he wanted to be out and lively for individuals to know the place he stands in the perfect curiosity of Nigeria.
Based on him, it was in the perfect curiosity of the nation and Nigerians, to make sure Buhari’s second time period bid is pissed off and defeated.
However replying the previous president, Mohammed submitted, “with due respect to former president Obasanjo, it’s his constitutional proper to assist any candidate of his alternative. We urge him to exit and marketing campaign vigorously for any candidate that he desires to assist.
“I don’t assume the previous president has hidden his desire for the previous vp, Atiku Abubakar. We want him the perfect of luck. However I wish to guarantee you that his candidate will likely be defeated roundly and comprehensively.
“It isn’t about endorsement; endorsement doesn’t win elections. We want him the perfect of luck.”
Particularly specializing in Obasanjo’s accusation of corruption and incompetence towards the federal government, the minister mentioned the state of affairs on floor is sharply against the claims.
He contended that the Buhari authorities has fought corruption greater than any administration within the historical past of the nation.
“I’m at all times a bit apprehensive if you find yourself responding to criticisms from a former president and the calibre of Obasanjo who I’ve a variety of respect for. However the details are all there; on corruption, this authorities has accomplished greater than any authorities within the historical past of this nation to battle corruption.
“Corruption is endemic, it’s international. However if you take a look at the form of institutional reforms this authorities has put in place you can not doubt its sincerity or dedication to combating corruption.
“Corruption isn’t just about prosecuting and jailing individuals; it’s extra about what has been put in place to forestall individuals from looting the treasury. That is the place this authorities has accomplished greater than any authorities did within the historical past of this nation.
“I’ll begin with the TSA; it was not initiated by this authorities however it is just this authorities that mustered the political braveness and can to implement it. Earlier than we got here in, there have been over 22,000 varied accounts of presidency in varied banks in Nigeria. Since we got here in, we lowered them to 1 single treasury account. From 2015 thus far, N8.9 trillion has handed by way of that TSA.
“At a look, you realize the place each income and receipt of presidency is. It makes for transparency, accountability.
“Secondly, this authorities put in a method which is a roadmap for all of the anti-corruption businesses on how you can deal with corruption.
“There’s what known as the NAM fee based mostly technique, which helps authorities to recuperate looted funds with out convicting the individuals. As at immediately,
for this yr alone, EFCC has been capable of recuperate N794bn, $261m, €8m, £1.115 m, 295 autos and 407 mansions. They’re in Federal Authorities kitty in type of everlasting forfeiture.
In tackling corruption, this authorities has launched what known as an effectivity unit within the Ministry of Finance. This unit examines each proposal to journey, estacode. It’s on document that this authorities has saved N17 billion from journey bills, items, and so forth.
“Underneath this authorities, extra revenues now come into authorities than earlier than. I may give instance of JAMB. Between 2010 and 2015, it paid into the federation account the sum of N51 million. In 2017 alone, underneath this administration, JAMB paid N7.eight billion into the federation account.
“One other factor this authorities has accomplished to make sure that there may be transparency and that corruption is fought successfully is that immediately, versus what used to occur previously, there’s a whistle-blowing coverage. N8.1 trillion was lacking within the federation account between 2010 and 2015. They have been purported to have been paid in by 15 income producing businesses. The whistle-blowing coverage has been vastly profitable. The federal government has been capable of rake in N13.eight billion from whistle-blowing coverage alone, N7.eight billion from corrupt officers.
“So if you take a look at what we have now placed on floor, institutional treatments, you agree with us that this authorities is extra honest and extra dedicated to combating corruption than any authorities within the historical past of the nation.
“If the previous president says the federal government will not be performing I believe he isn’t being correctly briefed. We promised Nigerians that we’re going to diversify the economic system and one space the place we have now had resounding success is the realm of meals safety.
He additionally shrugged off the outcry by the PDP and different opposition components over the refusal of President Buhari to assent to the Electoral Invoice. He mentioned the opposition party is getting ready excuses, which it should adduce for dropping election in 2019.
“On the controversy over the decline of assent to Electoral Invoice by President Buhari, Mohammed mentioned it was throughout the powers of the president to take action if it might not be within the curiosity of the nation. He mentioned the opposition is crying wolf the place there may be none.
“I believe Mr. President has already communicated the Nationwide Meeting why he isn’t signing that invoice. If I bear in mind, one of many causes he didn’t signal the invoice is that signing it at this time limit will create confusion and won’t make for readability.
“We’re ready for the response of the Nationwide Meeting on this matter. He identified sure errors which he felt the Nationwide Meeting ought to look into.
“You may see that PDP and the opposition are already getting ready excuses for his or her eventual defeat. It’s going to vary from the Electoral Act to dealer cash. From there they may begin saying that we’re bribing youngsters by one meal a day. We’re investing in our kids
“He accused the opposition of sprinkling up dose of faux information as a method to stay politically related, predicting that a variety of such information will dominate the house within the build-up to subsequent yr’s election.
“Within the final one week alone, three faux information have been credited to me. One mentioned that I mentioned that the president might now not communicate and perceive Fulfulde, his mom tongue due to the surgical procedure
he underwent in London which affected his capacity to talk the language and it has affected his capacity to recollect something.”