Buhari’s performance: VON DG replies Ekweremadu

Osita Okechukwu
Osita Okechukwu

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Osita Okechukwu, has responded to a statement credited to Nigeria’s deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, where he decried Nigeria’s rising debt profile.

Mr. Ekweremadu at the People’s Democratic Party convention which held on Saturday scored the All Progressives Congress-led administration low on security, economy, job creation, and national unity.

He described the 16 years leadership of the PDP as ‘glorious’ years for the country, noting that ‘good men and women’ who left PDP for the APC are eager to return to join and build a better Nigeria.

But in a swift reaction, Mr. Okechukwu said he was particularly surprised that Mr. Ekweremadu had the effrontery to query President Muhammadu Buhari for borrowing interest free interest Suku N100 billion loan to fix the Enugu-Onitsha highway and similar projects across the federation,

“Our debt profile is rising because of the profligacy of my brother, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) co-travellers, who squandered our patrimony raked during the oil boom era,” Mr. Okechukwu said.

“What I am saying is that Buhari is borrowing to construct standard gauge railways, and other critical social and physical infrastructure while the PDP government borrowed $8.3 billion for old gauge of about 1,400km Kano-Lagos. At the same time when the PDP borrowed – 2002-2005, the Chinese did Golmud-Lhasa standard gauge of higher altitude of 1,142km at $4.2 billion. This is PDP in action.”

“Please, kindly tell Ekweremadu that had they constructed the $23 billion, 3 Greenfield Refineries which they awarded to the Chinese on May 13, 2010. Buhari won’t be borrowing to import refined petroleum products today. They should refund us siphoned public finance (funds).”


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  • suleiman

    But why do we need to borrow when NNPC under Buhari as the Petroleum Minister cannot account for $26billion and when the central bank under Buhari and Jonathan cannot account for $60billion? Or borrowing something we should be proud of as an achievement? And talking about PDP sixteen years of corruption, please name any APC member that was not part of this looting. How did Tinubu, Ameachi, Tambuwal, Saraki, El-Rufai and co get the money to sponsor Buhari for the presidency? Just a reminder, the so-called saintly Buhari was yet to account for the $5.6 billion (2.8 billion naira) he stole in 1978 while serving as petroleum minister. Please tell this crab to the dogs. Nigerians are educated enough to know about the deceit of this government. Let’s be honest with ourselves, all APC and so-called transformed PDP under APC, including you are thieves. Name anyone of them that is not a thief please.

    • Pluti

      I think you can check CBN records from 2010 to 2016 on the records of Foriegn reserve accounts and the federation account too. You will know the amount of money PDP left and if you live in Nigeria, then you know the state of the roads, the railway that rarely works and the devaluation of the Nigeria just months before GEJ left office. That should help in understanding, still am not saying PMB current tenure has been perfect but that history shows the journey of how we got to vote in another wuru-wuru government

      • suleiman

        PDP under Jonathan left over $40billon in our foreign reserve which has been depleted by this government. Or can you show us the records here?

        • Pluti

          If I show you, my words nor get credibility na! Just go to CBN website, the records through the last few years are there. When you see it, then that will be credible enough, thank God we are literates

    • aisha ani

      Is anybody home?

  • Monnie Uwa

    Ekwueremadu, how you insuit the house you are inside. You stole the office you are in, still you turn around to abuses the same house and people you stole from. 16 good and total years of waste of pdp, I saw Ibrahim Dismantle at the convention, what a shame to you and all members of pdp. We know you and keep your records, future is waiting for you to eat your words. The railways in all parts of Nigeria did not work under your leadership of sorrows, stealing. If I am in your shoes, pls stop talking but be shame for yourselves. Nigerians has rejected you and your co-travelers. Igbos are the worst off, nothing to show for your 16 years of mis-rule

  • Pluti

    When I heard all the PDP cohorts saying APC was borrowing money to fix road and rail, I thought I was the only one confused of what they were talking about. It seems PDP keep that strategy that Nigeria as a people lack the knowledge of history, same reason PDP scrapped history from secondary schools and caused a dilapidated history departments in tertiary institutions. If they had the opportunity they would have scrapped social studies from primary schools

  • Edward

    When I see people like ‘Oke’ talking, I laugh; all they do is to please Mr. President. On the case of PDP and the rot in Nigeria, APC and the co-travellers are bunch of hypocrites! They complain about PDP whereas 90& of APCians are PDP kingpins. Who is fooling Who?
    For those saying trash about Senator Ekweremadu, look your selves in the mirror and tell me the man has not lived up to expectations. Hypocrites every where. Trash! Mr. Okechukwu know he is politically a neophyte in the South East, so, the best way to curry his pay masters flavour is to attack Ekweremadu. APC, Shame!!!. Nothing to show after 2 and half years.