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So Pres. Buhari's Role Model is Abacha, a common Thief! - Reno Omokri dig deep

By Reno Omokri

Being half literate is like a piece of meat being half-cooked. From the outside, the meat looks cooked. It is only when you taste it that you realize that the cook was not cooked through.

This is the problem with Muhammadu Buhari. The President does not like to read. If he was a reading man, he would not have made the statement he did about $16 billion being wasted on power projects by the Obasanjo-led administration.

The President had said while playing host to the Buhari Support Group as follows:

“One of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than 16 billion American dollars, on power. Where is the power? Where is the power? And now we have to pay the debts.”

The figure of $16 billion does not exist and it is sad that a President, with records available to him can make such a reckless accusation, especially when the facts are available to him if he would only read!

Since President Buhari is so enamored with Nasir El-Rufai, the manipulative Governor of Kaduna State and uber Buhari sycophant, I would like to quote from an interview that El-Rufai gave on October 17, 2009.

In that interview, entitled ‘My Grouse With Yar’adua, El-Rufai said:

“When Yar’Adua came in, he made statements while receiving Oby Ezekwesili in her new capacity at the World Bank to the effect that he believed that the amounts spent by Obasanjo were wasted. He came up with a figure of $10 billion. When his own Senior Special Assistant (Engr. Foluseke Shomolu) wrote him a memo to the effect that the figure quoted was inaccurate, the president fired him. Very conveniently, the House of Representatives began a probe of the NIPP under Obasanjo and sensationalised it.

The National Economic Council also had a committee under Governor Suswan of Benue reviewing this NIPP. After a year, both committees were not able to establish any wrongdoing against Obasanjo and in fact confirmed that the actual amount spent was not $10 billion, but actually a fraction of that amount (less than $6 billion committed and $3 billion actually disbursed – the exact amounts quoted by Engr. Shomolu).”

If the report of the various committees that investigated these allegations are too long for a President who prefers to read cartoons as his own spokesman admitted, then perhaps he can spare the 25 minutes it would take him to read his protégé’s interview.

But the question that discerning Nigerians should be asking is why is Buhari bringing this up? After all he and Tinubu once begged former President Obasanjo to be their ‘navigator’. Did they not know he was a crook when they started their bromance with him?

Last year on Obasanjo’s birthday, President Buhari called him a statesman ‘with commitment to good governance’. Today, he is hinting at probing Obasanjo’s alleged $16 billion power project contracts just because Obasanjo is against his reelection. This is just vindicating my stand that we have war on Corruption opposition!

As long as you are on the President’s side and praising him, all your sins are forgiven like Musiliu Obanikoro. But the minute you get a bout of conscience, your old real and imagined sins are dredged up.

On this matter of Obasanjo however, President Buhari has met his match. I like Obasanjo’s response to Buhari. Trust Baba Iyabo. He said, inter alia that:

“If he (Buhari) cannot read the three-volume book (My Watch), he should detail his aides to do so and summarise the chapters in a language that he will easily understand”.

Buhari is an ungrateful ignoramus for saying he is paying Obasanjo’s debt. Obasanjo did not spend $16 billion on power. Obasanjo actually paid ALL our foreign debts and left a total reserve of $67 billion.

Thank God it was an All Progressives Congress Senator that got up on live television and revealed that this administration has borrowed more money in three years than the Peoples Democratic Party borrowed in 16 years, yet what has been the impact?

Imagine a man like Buhari, who has not initiated, started and completed any project in three years (beside the helipad he built for his personal use in Daura) attacking men who initiated and finished thousands of projects.

The President’s comments overshadowed an even more important issue which very few journalists appear to have picked on.

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