31 January 2018

Nigeria: NGOs Blame Obasanjo for Nigeria's Problems

Abuja — A Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria (FONGON) has accused former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, of lacking the moral credibility to criticise President Muhamadu Buhari over the happenings in the country.

The National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Wole Badmus, who stated this at a press conference aimed at creating awareness for its nationwide rallies to mobilise Nigerians to support President Buhari's second term re-election project, stated that if the former president had judiciously spent $16billion on power, the country could have generated more than 3,000 megawatts of electricity obtained during his tenure.

The forum also accused Obasanjo of always blaming others when he is actually responsible for '50 per cent' of Nigeria's current problems.

According to Badmus, "President Obasanjo is a man I respect; he is my elder but he is responsible for 50 per cent of this country's problems. He does not have the moral credibility to accuse Buhari as he did in his letter.

"Power generation was less than 3,000 megawatts even though the administration of President Obasanjo alone had spent $16 billion on power.

"After spending eight years, he was still looking for additional four year, only for him to accuse the governors of being the ones who asked him to go for third term. Look at the history of Obasanjo's letters and books, he has always blamed everyone except one person (himself)."

FONGON, which claimed to be a coalition of 200 NGO's with membership strength of three millions across the six geopolitical zones comprising of all categories of people in the country, said the press conference was called to announce that starting from next week Tuesday, its members would kick-start a nationwide rally in support of the Buhari administration.

He added that the rally would start in Abuja, and then move to all the six geo-political zones, adding that they came together to rally support for President Buhari's administration because they believe strongly that it has, since assuming office on 29 May 2015, performed creditably in putting Nigeria on the path of growth and development.

The group added: "We have chosen to come out this time because there seems to be an orchestrated campaign going on across the country at the moment to demonise the Buhari's administration in order to pave the way for the return of the same people who brought the country to where it was before President Buhari launched his rescue mission upon assuming office.

"We are concerned that unless an urgent action is taken, the voices of these people, whom we believe are being sponsored by looters and those who have been prevented from turning the country's treasury to their personal banks, may become the dominant voices.

"President Buhari is putting Nigeria on a solid footing. He has what it takes to do it. All he needs is the support of Nigerians. Had every administration since 1999 done half of what this administration is doing now, it would have been easier for the administration to build on their efforts. But it is tough having to build from the scratch."


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