A member of the House of Representatives, Linus Okorie (Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency, Ebonyi State) has lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari for claiming the achievements of former President Goodluck Jonathan without acknowledging him.
According to Premium Times, Okorie told Buhari to take note of the natural law that “what goes around comes around” as Buhari is not being fair to his predecessor and should expect the same when he leaves office.
Citing examples of the recently launched Kano-Port Harcourt intercity mixed rail service; the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries reactivation now refining up to 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day, Okorie lampooned Buhari for taking glory for the projects without acknowledging Jonathan, who was the initiator and executor.He also condemned Buhari for going about celebrating Nigeria’s one year streak without any case of polio – an achievement championed by Jonathan.
He said: “Just like the opposition that must be constructive in criticizing the government in power, the sitting government owes its predecessor, itself and the wider Nigerian public the moral and social duty of acknowledging the positive accomplishments of their predecessors.
“The Jonathan administration introduced cutting edge anti-corruption technology based Public Finance management tools including IPPIS, GIFMIS and TSA, which the present government is now laying claim to for ghost workers elimination and funds accountability and transparency monitoring, without giving credit appropriately.
“The Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) has also announced that the Abuja rail project, conceived and implemented by the Jonathan administration is 67 percent completed. This credit should also be formally attributed to the past government.
“I hold the view that the Buhari administration should imbibe the necessary humility and courage to give credit as necessary even as it continues to put the out-gone government to task in established areas of weakness or malfeasance. That is leadership. I also appeal to the media as social engineers to also encourage the Presidency in this onerous responsibility. We owe posterity that much.”