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Thursday, 30 November 2017

I Was Shook The Way Jonathan Responded To Oil Scams- Bukola Saraki

Senate President; Dr. Bukola Saraki stated on Thursday that Goodluck was not ready for leadership.
 The Borno State Governor also blasted the former President for his inaction when the Chibok girls were abducted.

They made the statement at the launching of a book written by a former Minister of Sports; Bolaji Abdullahi;'On A Platter Of Gold, How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria'

Saraki said“ I like to share one or two things that
will probably summarise the former President
Jonathan. I remember when I was then senator and
I came across this issue of fuel subsidy and the way
the country was losing close to about N1.3 trillion .
“ In the history of this country, I don’t think of any
singular kind of level of corruption as huge as that.
I had a motion already, I wanted to present on the
floor of the Senate. I felt as a member of the
ruling party at that time, it was only proper I
discussed it with the President (first) maybe some
action can be taken so that I could step down the
motion. I booked an appointment to see Mr
President, I went with my paper, I started with
the background of how people brought in petroleum
products. I said Mr President, in the past, people
used to get award letters from NNPC to bring in
PMS, DPK, and make 10, 20 percent profit.
“ I said sir, they’ve taken it to another level. Now,
they get an order to bring in products they don’t
want to make 10 or 20 percent anymore. They will
get an offer to bring in a cargo of 20,000 litres,
they will bring in 5,000 litres to be stamped for
20,000 litres and instead of making 10 percent,
they make ten times the amount. I was telling the
President, thinking the President would get very
agitated. But Jonathan said: ‘Senator Saraki, you
know this oil business is very oily.’
“ I was stunned and taken aback but in a way, that
was Jonathan in a way; that was who he is. And if
you look at the second encounter … I felt that I
didn’t want Jonathan to hear it as news, I booked
an appointment to go and see him – I didn’t know
what I was thinking that day. I went to the Villa.
He said ‘come in, come in, how can I help you?’ I
looked at the President of a third world country
and said, Mr President, I came to tell you that I
am going to be contesting for your seat. Jonathan
looked at me and said ‘oh, okay, good luck, good
luck.’
“ If it were any other person, maybe I would not
have left the Villa but that again sums up
Goodluck Jonathan. I think it is Nigerians that
produce the kind of leaders we get. No matter
what you say about him, I don’t think he was
someone who was desperate for power. He was not
someone that was prepared for leadership. Yes by
misfortune or fortune, I keep on saying, we all
know the right things but we don’t do it. We find
ourselves sometimes blaming individuals and blaming
others than ourselves.”

Shettima on his part described the ex-president as a clueless and unsophisticated country person.

He said that Jonathan was nonchalant and doubtful about the abduction of the Chibok girls.

He further stated that the former President surrounded himself with religious bigots and tribal kings unlike Olusegun Obasanjo who believes in the Nigerian project.

He said that the President should be commended though for leaving power and saving the nation from the precipice.

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It goes without saying that the stewardship of Dr.
Jonathan was such a turbulent period in our
national life and will continue to shape for good or
for bad, the fortunes of our country.
“ The lesson for us, therefore, as a political class is
that we must at all time, place the national
interest above all other considerations and must
assiduously work to build a national consensus. Not
everyone will agree with the recollections of the
events of that very interesting period of our
national life or the manner of presentation.
“ I hope that this book will inspire others to give
their own account, history and perspectives as well
as opinion of this and other period of our unfolding
political history. The fortune of this country is our
hands .”

He further stated;
“Sadly, Borno was the epicentre of the
whole crisis that engulfed the Jonathan
administration.
“ I wasn’t invited to Abuja until nearly three weeks
later and even when I was invited, I was happy that
at last, I was getting the attention of my leader. I
was asked to come to Abuja with the Commissioner
of Police, the DPO in Chibok, the Commissioner of
Education, the military commander in Chibok and
the Director of SSS in Borno.
“ We were all ushered in to the Villa and sadly when
the President came in, he was still in the world of
make-believe. He started threatening the principal
that he should tell him where the girls were. He
was shouting, ‘Principal, you must tell me where
those girls are, Commissioner of Police, you must
know where the girls are’.
“ He immediately ordered the arrest of the
Principal, the DPO, the Commissioner of Police and
the Director of SSS, that they must produce the
girls. In this very unfortunate saga, Mohammed
Dikko Abubakar, the Inspector-General of Police,
arrested them, took them to the police
headquarters and told them he cannot hold onto
them because he was a man of conscience. He let
them go on self-recognition.
“ I was quite taken aback because I thought the
solution was going to be found to a very grave
national challenge. Instead, the President was still
of the mindset that those girls were not
abducted.”

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