#SoundOff: Open Your Eyes, People… Buhari Is Milking Nigeria Dry

#SoundOff: Open Your Eyes, People… Buhari Is Milking Nigeria Dry

By Opinions | The Trent on November 6, 2015
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General Muhammadu Buhari (centre) at an APC Presidential Campaign Rally in Kano State, Nigeria on January 19, 2015 | Juju Films

by Charles Jibromah

If you or any member of your family are among the 8,000 persons Chevron laid off work this week, and you voted for change, please don’t complain. Don’t come out on the streets to be a robber because everyone is taking personal security seriously these days, you may very well find yourself in hell immediately.

But, if you did not vote for this change, then a new and better door is opened for you.

If you are also among the 600,000 construction workers that lost their  job and you voted for this change or among the over 30,000 bankers that lost their jobs but you voted for this change. It is quite unfortunate and a pity.

If your business is suffering as a result of this change and yet you still come out to defend the change, then you have signed poverty for yourself and need deliverance. There is need to take the matters of this nation seriously now and demand accountability from President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.

Repent and open your eyes to the reality of the Truth. If in the sixth month, the man you voted for doesn’t have a clue of the implications of his non-governance, and he is still blaming his predecessor, whereas during his predecessor’s time you had your job and your business was triving. In the midst of the much talked about corruption, the economy was expanding, then it means Buhari’s blaming of corruption during Jonathan’s time is something that needs to be closely examined.

Let me remind you that in 5 months your President has borrowed over $3 billion (Three Billion United States Dollars) without a cabinet and cannot account for over N4 trillion (Four Trillion Naira – N4,000,000,000,000.00) spent from the saved revenue of the past administration from FIRS, NLNG, NNPC, Custom etc. If Buhari have borrowed over $3 billion in 5 months, what then will he be owing at the expiration of 4 years in office?

Let me remind you that in 5 years of the last administration, Nigeria as a whole borrowed $18 billion. That is the TOTAL government debt including the federal government, all the state governments, and local governments. It is interesting to note that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments of Lagos, Edo, Rivers and Imo States accounted for over $8 billion in that total debt profile. All the other states and the federal government shared $10 billion in debt.

Let me remind you that at no time in 5 years of the last administration did federal civil servants not receive their salaries in the 4th week of the month and a week before any festive period, Muslim or Christian festivities. Under Buhari, federal civil servants have never received their salaries until the 2nd week of the next month.

Let me remind you that the total expenditures of the Federal Government on a monthly basis from salaries, to paying contractors and running the country is N300 billion according to the budget and the country has earned over 4 trillion in 5 months and the country is still earning money, while there is no contract awarded, no road construction. So just salaries, fuel subsidy, and traveling of the Buhari, and his few escorts , yet, your President complains of no money to pay his noisemakers-in-waiting.

Nigerians you are being deceived with the lie of “corruption” and “fighting corruption”, your President is destroying your image home and abroad by calling you corrupt and painting you as thieves, while high profile corruption is going on in his government.

It’s time to ask questions and demand accountability. Let Buhari tell us why he has borrowed such amount of money and what he used the monies received and left by the previous administration for.

#AskTheRightQuestion
#DemandAccountability

Charles Jibromah is a media executive. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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