Jonathan administration inflicted hardship on Nigerians – South East APC

President Goodluck Jonathan

The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has ​​blamed the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan ​f​or the increasing hardship the president said Nigerians are facing.

Mr. Jonathan had during a church service on Sunday in Abuja admitted that Nigerians “are facing a lot of challenges now as a nation, the challenges did not start today, but some how, instead of abating the problems started increasing for one reason or the other.”

He also said the drop in the crude oil prices would affect Nigerians in one way or the other though the Economic Team was working very hard to stabilize it.

In a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, ​Osita Okechukwu, ​the ​South East ​APC said it agreed with Mr. Jonathan that Nigerians were facing a lot of challenges, but that they were increasing because of the nebulous and inchoate economic policies of the Jonathan’s Economic Team.

“One is at a loss how else an economy can be down, except now that Nigeria is broke, the Naira devalued and we are back into the loop of foreign debt trap. Our hardship and the challenges are inflicted by Jonathan regime,” the party said.

“This is an Economic Team that never planned for the rainy day. The volatility of crude oil price is of elementary knowledge, therefore no responsible and responsive government will panic form day one as the Jonathan’s Economic Team panicked.

“On one breathe they said that government has no business in business and in another breathe they fuel corruption.”

The APC said at the inception of the Jonathan administration in May 2010, it inherited from late President Umaru Musa Yaradua over $10 billion in the Excess Crude Account, ECA, but that from that time until last month, crude oil price was never sold below $90 per barrel.

It also argued that in the last five years, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, had annually been raking in minimum of N4 trillion from corporate and personal income taxes nationwide while the Nigeria Customs Service, in spite of reckless waivers granted to cronies by the Jonathan government, raked in minimum of N800 billion, annually.

“Accordingly, when you add revenue from LNG and other sources you will agree with me that the hardship Nigerians are facing today is deliberately inflicted by lack of plan and squandering of resources by the Jonathan administration,” it said.

The opposition party argued that if the president had completed the three Greenfield Refineries he awarded in 2010 to be located in Bayelsa, Lagos and Kogi States, the N2 trillion being squandered annually on the importation of refined petroleum products could have been utilized in the power sector.

The party advised Nigerians to keep their voting cards safe to enable them vote during the February elections, saying “no amount of blame game sermons and excuses by President Jonathan will deny Nigerians their obligation of harvesting from the old time doctrine of election in liberal democracy, which is the civic duty of vote- referendum on the performance of the incumbent.”


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  • We need a better manager of Nigeria’s resources. We need Buhari-Osinbajo.

  • Titi

    They have completely vandalized our economy

  • Cypo

    Mr Osita Okechukwu you are only wasting your time. You know it very well that your party propaganda cannot the mindset of Igbo people. You know it very well that Igbo people do not give in to Propaganda. You know it very well that Igbo people does not believe in leading somebody to halfway in a journey. So, you should have known that Jonathan will surely win all the states in the SE/SS. Instead of you telling those who sent you on this impossible journey to forget about SE/SS and focus on other areas, you keep on deceiving yourself and those who gave you the job.

    • Omo Akin

      When someone makes a factual point on the failure of President Jonathan, folks like you come up with incoherent palliatives and red herring. Last week, the Igbos top the citizen contribution to Buhari’s election fund. A person who will dip hand in his/her own pocket to make contribution to a candidate will surely vote for that candidate. An average Igboman very well know how much they lost in life and property in the North East simply because we have a Commander-in-Chief who could not ensure safety of life and property. The Igbo big politicians may be supporting President Jonathan because of their own pocket but the ordinary Igboman knows that he can make it big time in any part of Nigeria if there is security of life and property and they know that the present administration cannot or is unwilling to make that happen. I am sure that a large number of Igbos will vote for Buhari; yes the Igbos who are not government lackeys and hanger-on will vote for a change. These people know that it will be insane to continue to do the same thing the same way and expect a different outcome. There has to be a change and Buhari represents that change.
      God Bless Nigeria.

      • Cypo

        Hahahahahahaha, so you did even read the Summersault made by the originator of that story on Sunday? hahahaha. it is the same Osita Okechukwu. he made it clear on Sunday that it was only APC members in Enugu state that he was referring in his statement. He knew it was an abomination in the East to tell lies during Christmas period. This is the reason he came back to seek forgiveness from the Igbo people lied against.

    • amazing2012

      Igbos should be the first people not to vote for Jonathan. At least for destroying their businesses and lost of their lives due to insecurity which Jonathan is unable to handle. Vote for Jonathan because of hate and keep suffering for another years. While if he lead the country to civil war millions of Igbos in the North and South-West will be more affected. For instance the Igbos in other regions of the country are estimated to be over 20 million do you afford to loss them and their trillion dollar worth of business because of tribalism ?

  • In spite of President Jonathan not being able to confront Boko Haram, and in spite of General Buhari’s proven record of having made mince meat of Boko Haram-like Maitesene, the voters of SS/SE will blindly prefer to vote Jonathan? What but tribalism will inform such a decision?

  • Eze1

    …Well the Igbos are always ready for sell out…No political calculation…Just too greedy

  • Peter

    Why dont we rather see things as; hardship was inflicted on Nigerians by “some clique” because GEJ (a nobody,bloody civilian from a minority) became president and has refused to be fully controlled by them. I think we could also look at it that way….