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Former president Goodluck Jonathan continued his attack on the Muhammadu Buhari administration on Friday saying that Nigerians only fear Buhari but do not trust him.


Jonathan had earlier described the Buhari administration of being characterised by lies and propaganda while welcoming a chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Professor Tunde Adeniran and his campaign team, in his office in Abuja on Thursday.

The former president continued his blitzering attack on the administration when his media office accused the federal government and the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media, Mr Femi Adesina of peddling falsehood over claims that Nigerians did not protest the hike in fuel price by the Buhari government because they trusted the government.

In his response to Adesina and the federal government, over the claims, Jonathan’s Media Office said fear, not trust was why Nigerians did not protest en masse against fuel price hike under Buhari, ThisDay reports.

“When Femi Adesina says that it is because of trust that Nigerians did not rise up against the Buhari administration when it increased the pump price of petrol from N87 to N145, he betrays a deep ignorance and arrogance.

“First of all, it was not Nigerians that rose up again the Jonathan administration when that government increased the price of petrol on January 1, 2012. It was actually members of All Progressive Congress who sponsored the protests,” said the statement signed by Mr Reno Omokri on behalf of Jonathan Media Office.

The statement said Nigerians had not so soon forgotten how Mr Nasir El-Rufai led other chieftains of the opposition to Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, where they attracted crowds by inviting top musicians to perform and by giving out free food and drinks.

It continued: “On December 15, 2015, the Nigerian Army, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s command, killed 347 unarmed Shiite men, women, children and infants and buried them in a mass grave as revealed by the panel of inquiry instituted by Kaduna State government.

“The excuse given by the military for this massacre was that the Shiites had blocked a road during one of their procession and this allegedly affected a trip by the chief of army staff. After killing his followers and destroying their place of worship, Mr Ibrahim Zak Zaky, spiritual leader of the Nigerian Shiite community, was illegally and unconstitutionally detained and has not been seen or heard of in public since December 15, 2015.

“So when the Buhari administration increased the pump price of petrol, Nigerians wisely reasoned that if the Buhari administration can kill 347 unarmed Shiite men, women, children and infants for blocking a road, it would be suicidal to give them an opportunity to do the same thing to them on a wider scale,” said the statement from Jonathan Media Office.

Under Buhari administration, it said human life had become so cheap that the military and security services routinely kill innocent Nigerians be it Shiites, peaceful demonstrators or IDPs at the Rann IDP Camp.

“To say Nigerians trust an administration that publicly boasted that it would not tell Nigerians how much of their own money the President spent in treating himself in London when the State House Clinic cannot boast of ordinary Panadol (by his own wife’s testimony) is to speak a lie. Nigerians can judge the nature of the man whose number one campaign promise was that “no Nigerian Public official should receive medical treatment overseas at public expense”. For him lies are cheap even if they are expensive for the Nigerian public who has to pay the price.

“Nor have Nigerians forgotten the promise to end corruption when the $25 billion Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation scam is ringing in their ears along with the denials by the Vice President that he never approved any contracts. How can they trust a government that has still not released or acted on the SGF’s grass cutter contract probe after six months?

“In the five years that he governed Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan spent N16 trillion. The economy grew. The Naira was stable. We had the greatest expansion of infrastructure since the Gowon years and inflation was in single figures. In the two years that President Muhammadu Buhari has ruled Nigeria, he has spent N15 trillion. We have had recession. Naira collapsed.

“Inflation has gone back to double digits and the only infrastructure that he has started and completed is the Daura helipad. So Femi should spare us his propaganda and accept the truth that he is the mouthpiece of a murderous regime sustained by propaganda and surviving on corruption,” the statement from Jonathan Media Office said.

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  1. Let GEJ continue to say whatever he likes. The truth still remains that even today the majority still prefers Buhari to GEJ. He ruled during a period of prosperity but he squandered everything. How could a president come openly and said that stealing was not corruption. No wonder people stole a lot under his watch. Many still see Buhari as a man of integrity. He may not be perfect but people still trust him more than GEJ

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    1. Only Gullible like U still prefer these crooks. If they can steal in this time of little or nothing, what do U think will happen if there is plenty?
      Mumu!

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    2. Big mumu...its only fools that will prefer retrogression to progress...people stole under gej that's what you idiots keep shouting,are people not stealing heavily under this rubbish administration... The indices are there for you to use in comparing the better administration between the two,but no,all you guys will keep shouting is that people stole...you anonymous,are you not a thief also??rubbish...kettle calling pot black....

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  3. EL Matosky has cleared PMB that had it been they are thieves like past administration the country would have collapsed. Because Jonathan's administration crude oil was $100 per barrel which NO project to show but many corrupt politicians to be showed openly

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    1. From inception you have been a senseless goat,without any formal education...so no need arguing anything with you...you don't even know what economic indices is,so is stupidity and sucidal talking to you...

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  4. As far as I am concerned, all politicians are the same. Jonathan was said to steal money so salaries were not paid on time. Today, Buhari claims to have recovered billions of stolen money from Jonathan's faithful, yet salaries are still not paid on time. Buhari has given order to enforce "No work, no pay" policy, but has made no effort to enact or enforce "No salary, no work" policy. Truth is, these politicians don't just think about the masses and what they suffer. They are only after their own welfare and that of their cronies. If they have recovered all the billions said to have been stolen, and they are concerned about the masses, let them pay all pending salaries and emoluments due workers. Let them also attend to those things that directly affect non-workers. without these, all talk are mere political noise.

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  6. @ann21:17pm. Which one is period of prosperity? It all depends on how the government of the day made it happen. So if the head and his cohorts knows how to handle the economy, there will money in the country, please be guided accordingly

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  7. If I remember very well, there was no APC at the time of the fuel hike.

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