He claimed that he handed over a $500 billion, vibrant economy to President Buhari and lamented that his successor plunged the economy into recession through de-marketing of the country and turned round to blame it on alleged mindless looting of the country by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration he succeeded.
However in an email to Vanguard last night, Attorney-General of the Federation & Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, dismissed the former president’s claims as untenable because it “was not backed by any trace of evidence.” He further asserted that the Buhari administration has driven corruption aground.
Convinced that “he served Nigeria well’, Dr. Jonathan said there was an attempt by President Buhari’s administration to erase his achievements through misrepresentations, adding that his administration was neither clueless nor inept as claimed by critics.
These are part of excerpts from Dr Jonathan’s new book: ‘’My Transition Hours,’’ which was launched in Abuja, on Tuesday. Some government officials could not react to Jonathan’s assertions yesterday. A minister, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he had better things to do than to respond to Jonathan’s claims, which he said were meant to confuse Nigerians. He directed Vanguard to talk to another senior minister on the issue.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said he was yet to read the book and could not make any comment. “I have not read the book and so, I cannot make any comment. When I have gone through the book, I will make an official comment,” he said.
Also, National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu, declined comments, saying “when Jonathan talks, it is government to government. I have not read the book and even if I have read the book, it is not talking about APC as a party.” However, the PDP concurred with Jonathan, saying that the former president’s views reflected what was happening now.