Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has lambasted Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari over his statement on Patience Jonathan.
He accused him of engaging in ‘transmission attack’ against the former First Lady while explaining “his boss’ colossal loss of popularity as the 2019 elections approach”.
Shehu had stated that Patience Jonathan would be happy if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) returned to power as monies allegedly stolen by the former would be returned to her.
But in a statement on Monday, Omokri stated that Patience Jonathan was not responsible for the abysmal failure of the Buhari administration.
He wrote: “Would President Buhari like it if former President Jonathan rehashes the corruption allegations made against First Lady Aisha Buhari, by Senator Isah Misau?
“Would the Presidency consider it fair game to highlight the fact that Yusuf Buhari, who does not have a job and has not served in the National Youth Service Corp as mandated by law, was in possession of a multimillion BMW power bike even though his father told the nation that he had to borrow to pay for his APC Presidential nomination form? How did he get the funds for such an expensive possession?
“In terms of corruption, Transparency International, the only global body recognized as an arbiter on corruption, has said that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is more corrupt than the Jonathan government.
“Whereas under Jonathan, Nigeria made her best ever improvement on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, moving 8 places forward from 144 to 136 in 2014, today Nigeria has made her worst ever retrogression under President Buhari, moving backwards 12 places from 136 to 148. This is a fact.
“Mr. Shehu should stop speaking trash even though his name, Garba, rhymes with Garbage. Rather than blame Dame Patience Jonathan, for his boss’ loss of popularity, he should explain to Nigerians why the $25 billion contract scam at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has not been investigated till today.
“Garba should also explain why subsidy payments, which his boss termed ‘a fraud’ have jumped to ₦1.4 trillion per annum yet the price of petrol has doubled to ₦145 from ₦87? If petrol prices go up then subsidy should go down. If subsidy goes up, then petrol prices should go down. It is mathematically impossible for subsidy to go up at the same rate and time price goes up.
“Mr. Shehu should also tell Nigerians who recalled, reinstated and double promoted Abdulrasheed Maina, the biggest alleged thief in Nigeria’s civil service history. Maina was dismissed by the Jonathan government and recalled under the Buhari administration.
“Nigerians may further recall that Maina was said to have been given armed guards by Junaid Mohammed. Nigerians may further recall that the Attorney General of the Federation went to court to halt a Senate probe meant to unravel the Maina mystery.
“While he is at it, Garba Shehu should tell Nigerians when Babachir Lawal will be prosecuted because we hear that he is in charge of President Buhari’s re-election campaign in Adamawa state.
“Nigerians are also interested in knowing who the $43 million found at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi Lagos belongs to as well as why the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, who was indicted by the Minister of health for misappropriating ₦10 billion, was reinstated.
“Finally, Garba Shehu is advised to TRANSMISSION with caution. This is Nigeria, not WEST GERMANY. He should further remember that 97% plus 5% equals 102% not 1