You are a great liar – Ex-President Jonathan fires back at Amaechi over missing $49 bn from NNPC

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Former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, says Rotimi Amaechi lied over his claim that the country entered into recession because $49 billion went missing from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under the previous administration.

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Amaechi, now the minister of Transportation under President Muhammadu Buhari, was the governor of Rivers state while Jonathan led the country.

In a statement by Jonathan, released by one of his aides, Reno Omokri, the former president said: “In September 2013, the then governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido, alleged that the sum of $49.8 billion was not remitted to the federation account by the NNPC.

“When he was challenged on this amount by the National Assembly, the then minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the NNPC, the then CBN governor reduced the amount that was missing to $10.8 billion on December 18, 2013.”

The statement, reported by Vanguard, continued: “In February of 2014, the then CBN governor wrote another letter to the Senate admitting that he did not know how much was unaccounted for saying it could be ‘$10.8 billion or $12 billion or $19 billion or $21 billion, we do not know at this point.

Eventually, it was established that no such money was missing and even the Muhammadu Buhari administration has kept quiet about the matter knowing that it was propaganda to pull down the previous administration.

“Nigerians should realise that it is no coincidence that this allegation is coming just days after the revelation that no record exists of Nigeria’s crude oil sales since June, 2015.

“Flowing from the above, Nigerians should see Amaechi’s most recent statement as an attempt to divert attention from pressing questions that demand timely answers.

“It is quite telling that the single most expensive infrastructure built in Nigeria in the last decade is the Kaduna-Abuja 187km modern fast railway that enables you live in Kaduna and work in Abuja.

“Though Buhari commissioned this project on July 26, 2016, it is worth mentioning that neither he nor Amaechi had anything to do with this project beyond reaping where they had not sown. That project was built and completed by the Jonathan administration.

“If Nigerians want to know why it was very hard to save money over the last decade, they should point fingers at Amaechi.

“Those in the habit of shouting about the ‘alternative fact’ that the Jonathan administration did not save up during the sunny days for the rainy day, should not forget so soon that the Jonathan administration met $6.5 billion in the excess crude account upon inception in 2010 and increased it to almost $9 billion by 2012.”