‘Jonathan responsible for rise of banditry in Nigeria’ – Amaechi

Says funds Jonathan left behind couldn’t sustain nation for 3 weeks

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said that banditry in Nigeria became rampant because of the poverty created by the past administration of president Goodluck Jonathan.

Amaechi, who stated this during a television programme, claimed that the monies Jonathan left for Nigeria at the point of his departure on May 29, 2015, was not enough to run the country for three weeks.

The ex-Governor of Rivers State claimed that while he was chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ forum, he was informed by officials of the Presidency that there was virtually no money left in the Federal Government’s treasury.

According to Amaechi, “When you talk about bandits and all these people that kill, it’s a question about poverty and it did not start in this regime. Don’t forget oil was sold at $110, $114, $115 a barrel in the international market. When this government came into power, oil fell to $28 a barrel and since then it hasn’t gone above $80 per barrel.

“As former chairman of the Governors’ Forum, I was told by security apparatchiks, in a meeting chaired by the former President including the former Minister of Finance that at every point in time, the government must leave money behind in case Nigeria goes to war that would last for six months.

“By the time we came, they didn’t leave money behind that could last us for three weeks. And at that time, I was speaking as the chairman of the Governors’ Forum”.

Amaechi also stated how he tackled some irregularities in the country’s ports in order to achieve the FG’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

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