Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied his critics who accused him of handing over a nation at the verge of collapse to his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari.
– Jonathan recounted the achievements of his government to include, handing over a country that produced the richest man in Africa.
– Jonathan said, “I took over a Nigeria that was the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009,
– I handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World with a GDP of $574 billion.
– I handed over dollar exchange rate of N187 per Dollar official rate in our banks, compared to their N360 now official rate for a Dollar.
– “I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not working, and handed over a Nigeria in which citizens can safely travel by trains again.
– I also inherited a country where illiteracy rate particularly in the Northern part was alarming.
– I handed over a country where every state in the North and indeed all the states had a Federal University.
I inherited a country where there was total infrastructural decay in all the unity schools and colleges of education.
– But I handed over a country with massive infrastructural improvement in almost higher institutions.
– I inherited a country where agricultural inputs and production were almost zero.
– But I handed over a country where a bag of rice was sold for N6,500 to N7000.
– My regime since the establishment of ecological fund office did more irrigation dams in the North and other parts of the country than other subsequent administrations put together.
– I inherited epileptic fuel supplies resulting to endless queues at the filling stations.
I maintained despite enormous challenges of fuel subsidies and handed over a relatively stable fuel regime and also at a managed local price of N87 per litre.
– I inherited a Nigeria that was a net importer of cement, and handed over a Nigeria that is a net exporter of cement.