FG Blasts Ekweremadu, PDP Over Comments On Economy. #Beekhaybee

The federal government of Nigeria has lambasted the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Deputy Senate
President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, for their recent
comments criticising the handling of the economy by
the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
According to Premium Times, the Federal Government said
the poor state of the country’s economy, especially the
depreciation in the Naira exchange rate, is the direct
consequence of the incomprehensible mismanagement of
the economy and the mindless looting of the national
treasury under the immediate past administration of
Goodluck Jonathan, rather than any so-called
mismanagement by the Buhari Administration.
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In a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed today, December 13, the government
said: ” If there was still any honour left among thieves, there
is no way the leaders of a party under whose watch
the nation’s economy suffered a monumental
mismanagement and the Central Bank was turned to the
ATM or piggy bank of a few people will have the temerity to
insult a government that is working hard to turn things
around or the citizens who are bearing the brunt of such
”It is now clear to all Nigerians that if the PDP had won the
last general elections, Nigeria’s economy would not have
survived one more month, considering the battering it
received under the immediate past Administration.
”It is therefore unconscionable that those who should show
contrition and hunker down to avoid public opprobrium
are the same ones pointing an accusing finger at the Buhari
”Senator Ekweremadu complained about the depreciation
of the Naira without telling Nigerians who ‘dollarized’ the
Nigerian economy by bribing many individuals and groups
with dollars during the last elections, thus inflicting a knock-
out punch on the local currency.
”He also failed to tell Nigerians which government presided
over the frenzied mop-up of dollars, either for ‘armsgate’
or for slush fund purposes, from the CBN to a point where it
almost ran out of the hard currency.”
Mohammed assured Nigerians that the Buhari government
has been working hard on measures that will turn the
economy around and greatly offer relief to Nigerians by
lifting millions, not thousands, of people out of poverty
through a massive social intervention policy.
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He said: ”The outcome of the months of hard work will
manifest soon in the 2016 national budget that will give
succour to millions of Nigerians who are reeling from
fallout of the solecism of the immediate past Administration
that turned the country into a cash bazaar.”
He continued: ”They are lucky that Nigerians are not as
incautious as they are, otherwise they would not be able to
walk around freely, not to talk of having the effrontery to
fire darts at the government that inherited their rot or the
people who are suffering the consequences.
”They looted the billions of Naira that were allocated for the
fight against insurgency, causing many innocent and
patriotic soldiers to die needlessly, yet they are not
remorseful. They looted the treasury to influence the last
elections, doling out money as if it was going out of fashion,
yet they continue to grandstand.
”In the latest revelation, a Minister under the immediate past
dispensation admitted to sharing 600 million Naira to six
Chairmen of the Contact and Mobilization Committee of the
PDP for the last general elections, 300 million Naira to an
account given by a former PDP chairman, 200 million
Nairato a PDP governorship candidate and 100 million
Naira to a former PDP governor. This is just one case out of
many, yet these revelations are but a tip of the iceberg of
what Nigerians will hear in the days ahead.”
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Recall that Senator Ekwermadu yesterday, December 12,
advised President Buhari and his economic managers to halt
the downward slide of the Nigerian economy, warning that
failure to act on time might lead to a revolution by