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VON DG blasts Jonathan, asks ex-president to apologise to Nigerians over comments on corruption

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- The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu has lambasted ex-president Goodluck Jonathan

- Jonathan had on Saturday August 12, said that his government did well despite that he was unable to plug loopholes in the fight against corruption

- Okechukwu however, said that rather than plugged loopholes of corruption, Jonathan opened it wide

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to apologise to Nigerians over the comments he made on the handling of the corruption war during his tenure.

Daily Trust reports that former President Jonathan was quoted on Saturday August 12, to have said that “though we didn’t completely plug the loopholes in the fight against corruption, but we did well” at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Special Non-elective Convention held at Abuja

NAIJ.com gathered that Okechukwu, who spoke on Sunday August 13 in Abuja, in reaction to the former president’s remarks, dismissed the statement credited to the ex-president.

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“My own sincere assessment is that our dear ex-president rather than plugged loopholes of corruption opened it wide. He should apologize to Nigerians whom he betrayed for being less than transparent.

"I was outraged when I heard him proclaim that the PDP will return to power in 2019 because of the hunger and poverty ravaging the country."

The VON DG, reiterated that the economy could have collapsed if President Muhammadu Buhari didn't come to the rescue.

He added that Jonathan relied on “voodoo economic records” which rated the Nigerian economy higher than that of the industrialised South African economy.

He said going by the financial records, the ex-president and his party “railroaded” Nigerians into “abject poverty, food insecurity and deficit infrastructure” via “planlessness and squandermania”.

Part of the statement also read, “He (Jonathan) propelled his preferred Minister, Mrs Deziani Alison Madueke and other cronies to loot dry our dear countrymen.

"Example, later day revelations are showing how $80 million was used by Mrs Madueke’s ally to purchase a luxury yacht, money which could have been utilized to build the best hospital in Yenogoa.

"Or is he not reminding us of the humongous foreign exchange used in buying choice estates locally and abroad?

“In sum, the biggest headache of Buhari administration is the huge local and foreign debt amassed by the PDP's 16 years misrule. On bail-out fund and Paris Fund refund, Buhari has spent over N1 trillion on salary and pension arrears. He has also paid over $7 billion on obligations to International Oil Companies (IOC) with the little he got.”

Okechukwu said if the Jonathan government had executed the award of $23 billion contract for the er*ection of three Greenfield refineries promised to located in Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos, it could have saved Nigeria over $200 billion expended on importation of refined petroleum products till date.

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The VON DG said that with huge oil revenue under his regime, Jonathan “stood a good chance of fixing the Niger Delta, but failed woefully”, advising him to keep quiet, especially now that the hunger and poverty he allegedly imposed “are getting too harsh”.

“I regret demonstrating on Abuja streets in 2010, for him to be made an executive president, with others as a member of the defunct Save Nigeria Group,” said Okechukwu.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that former president, Goodluck Jonathan that there were instances of corruption during his administration and admitted that he failed to plug all the loopholes.

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