The Federal Government has blamed the heavy depreciation of Naira currently being witnessed on the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said in a statement on Sunday;
“If there was still any honour left among thieves, there is no way the leaders of a party under whose watch the nation’s economy suffered a monumental mismanagement and the Central Bank was turned to the ATM or piggy bank of a few people will have the temerity to insult a government that is working hard to turn things around or the citizens who are bearing the brunt of such mismanagement
“It is now clear to all Nigerians that if the PDP had won the last general elections, Nigeria’s economy would not have survived one more month, considering the battering it received under the immediate past administration. It is therefore unconscionable that those who should show contrition and hunker down to avoid public opprobrium are the same ones pointing an accusing finger at the Buhari administration.”
He insisted that the hard-work of the Buhari administration will reflect in the 2016 national budget “even though the Buhari administration met an economy that was in coma, it had refused to use that as an excuse for inaction, hence had been working hard on measures that would turn the economy around and greatly offer relief to Nigerians by lifting millions, not thousands, of people out of poverty through a massive social intervention policy.
“The outcome of the months of hard work will manifest soon in the 2016 national budget that will give succour to millions of Nigerians who are reeling from fallout of the solecism of the immediate past Administration that turned the country into a cash bazaar.”
Lai Mohammed sadvised members of the Jonathan administration and the PDP “to urgently return, to government coffers, the funds they have squirreled out of the commonwealth”.
“They are lucky that Nigerians are not as incautious as they are, otherwise they would not be able to walk around freely, not to talk of having the effrontery to fire darts at the government that inherited their rot or the people who are suffering the consequences
“They looted the billions of naira that were allocated for the fight against insurgency, causing many innocent and patriotic soldiers to die needlessly, yet they are not remorseful. They looted the treasury to influence the last elections, doling out money as if it was going out of fashion, yet they continue to grandstand.
“In the latest revelation, a minister under the immediate past dispensation admitted to sharing 600 million naira to six chairmen of the contact and mobilisation committee of the PDP for the last general elections, 300 million naira to an account given by a former PDP chairman, 200 million naira to a PDP governorship candidate and 100 million naira to a former PDP governor. This is just one case out of many, yet these revelations are but a tip of the iceberg of what Nigerians will hear in the days ahead.”