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Frankly Speaking With Jola Sotubo It’s time to stop blaming Jonathan for Nigeria’s problems

The Muhammadu Buhari administration has spent the past one year blaming Goodluck Jonathan for Nigeria’s problems.

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The Muhammadu Buhari administration has spent the past one year blaming Goodluck Jonathan for Nigeria’s problems.

Upon assuming office, Buhari said that Jonathan and his officials had emptied the country’s treasury.

“I hope we are starting and this culture developed, of 100 days is bringing so much pressure with treasury virtually empty, with debts in millions of dollars, with state workers and even federal workers not paid their salaries. It is such a disgrace for Nigeria,” Buhari said on Monday, June 22, 2015, during a meeting with members of the State House Press Corps.

Buhari also blamed Jonathan for the continued insecurity in the country.

“Unfortunately for us as a people, we uncovered that billions of Naira and hundreds of millions of dollars were expended by the previous government to acquire good equipment and ammunition so that the military can use, but unfortunately, there was abuse of trust at various levels that cost Nigeria a lot of lives and goodwill,” the president said on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

Also in December 2015, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed blamed Jonathan for the fuel scarcity which was being experienced in the country.

“What I will be telling Nigerians is that what we met on ground is such that we are paying for the sins of the last administration. I am being very serious. You remember that about two weeks ago, we had to go to the National Assembly for a supplementary budget of N674 billion,” Mohammed said while speaking to journalists after a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.

In January 2016, Buhari’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said that the current president inherited a bad economy from Jonathan.

Jonathan has also been blamed for the fall of the naira, Nigeria’s current economic challenges, the delay in rescuing the abducted Chibok girls, the delay in cleaning up oil spills in Ogoniland and even the inability of governors to pay their workers.

Well enough is enough. It’s time for Buhari and his cabinet to stop playing the blame game.

Everyone is aware that the Jonathan administration mismanaged the country and its resources. Everyone knows that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stole the country blind, everyone knows that Jonathan and his officials abused power and caused far-reaching problems for Nigeria.

However, Jonathan is gone and he’s never coming back. Jonathan is no longer responsible for fixing Nigeria’s problems, that’s Buhari’s job now.

At the beginning of the APC’s tenure, everyone sympathized with them and understood their lamentations, but now, what Nigerians really need is a working country, not wailing government officials.

The past is prologue, as Buhari himself said in his inaugural speech, therefore it’s time for the president and his party to move past Jonathan and his misdeeds and focus on fixing the country they have been given to rule.

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