Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Monday denied claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that there were no infrastructures in place when he took over government.
Buhari had said he inherited “no light, bad roads and no railway” while speaking with Nigerians in the United States last week.
He said, “We got into trouble as a country because we did not save for the rainy day. For example, between 1999 and 2015 when we produced an average of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day, and oil prices stood at an average of $100 per barrel, we did not save, neither did we develop infrastructure. Suddenly, when we came in 2015, oil prices fell to about $30 per barrel.
“I asked, ‘Where are the savings?’ There were none. ‘Where are the railways, the roads, the power?’ None. I further asked, ‘What did we do with billions of dollars that we made over the years?’ They said we bought food. Food with billions of dollars? I did not believe, and still do not believe.”
But Jonathan indirectly mentioning the claims in a Facebook post said he was proud of his achievements in rail construction.
He also made reference to an article written by Tolu Ogunlesi, a Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to President Buhari in 2015.
The ex-President said, “I am grateful to God and my team for what we were able to achieve with our railways, among other things.”
He further quoted Ogunlesi’s article, “Let’s start with infrastructure. On the railways, the
Jonathan government scores high marks. The railway line between Lagos and Kano has been revived after about two decades of inactivity.
“The Enugu-Port Harcourt line has just been launched; Abuja-Kaduna is almost finished. There was a determined push to upgrade airports across the country, for which we are grateful.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.