The Coalition for Nigeria Movement, led by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his statement blaming past governments for state of the economy.
The President had on Sunday while he received some members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation in his London residence said considering the condition in which his administration met the country without savings and the economy vandalised, his government ‘was not going badly’.
He blamed past leaders for failing to capitalise on the nations resources, thereby keeping Nigerians poor.
Buhari was quoted as saying “Failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalise on resources to improve the lot of the people.
“Wicked people plundered the country and kept Nigerians poor.If they had used 50 per cent of the money made when oil prices were as high as $143 per barrel and stabilised at $100, with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their business.
“The stealing was so much and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.”
Reacting, the spokesman for the CNM, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, called on Buhari to display some level of competence and stop blaming past leaders.
Osuntokun said Buhari should not forget to blame himself for Nigeria’s problems since he was also a former leader, having served as a military head of state from 1983 to 1985.
He told Punch, “He has never displayed competence in the area of governance. It is therefore expected that he will give himself a pass mark. However, while blaming past leaders, he should not forget to blame himself since he also ruled Nigeria in the past.
“The President continues to blame everyone for what he fails to do. Transparency International has exposed the deception of his anti-corruption war.
“This is the same President who indicted his own government when he revealed that the Inspector-General of Police failed to relocate to Benue to curb a crisis as commanded.
“The international community not to be deceived by Buhari’s utterances in London because he would never accept blame for anything.”