6 Nigerian leaders who blame GEJ for economic recession

The Nigerian economy is in recession. Who is to blame for the recession is one question that seems top most in the hearts of Nigeria’s leaders. Most fingers are pointed in one direction, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Why is this? What have they said about him? Do they have proof? Here are some of the politicians and what they have said:
1. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is the former governor of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the current Emir of Kano, he is of the opinion that the recession was caused by the Goodluck Jonathan led government.
While delivering a lecture at the ongoing 15th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning in Kano. He started off by saying  that there was an urgent need for the country to return to the drawing board and expand the economy through wise investment for the economic growth and development of the country.
Then he pointed accusing fingers at the immediate ex -president Goodluck Jonathan, when he said: “If we do not expand the economy through wise investment, we can end up in classical Malthusian situation. If this government continues to behave the way the past government behaved, we will end up where Jonathan ended.”
2. Rotimi Amaechi
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
Former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, who is currently the Nigerian minister of transportation, in an interview with Vanguard, published on August 4, 2016 also pointed accusing fingers at the GEJ government.
The minister known for always speaking his mind said: “People just pick up words without knowing what they mean. Even under Goodluck (Jonathan) we went into recession.
“I am one of those who participated in the budget. We looked at what happened in the past and we discovered that actually if recession means three times (three quarters of negative economic growth), we have done more than the three times before we came in.
“The difference is that while our government is transparent and open, we are able to admit that, the Federal Government was saying even to me as chairman of governor’s forum, ‘Amaechi, don’t say that again’.
“If you remember as governor, I said we were broke. The minister of finance came to my office in Abuja and pleaded with me that I shouldn’t say it again. That if I said it, it would affect Nigeria in terms of investment; that investors will run away. That I shouldn’t say we are broke. I should say we are cash-strapped. That was what Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told me.
“So, I knew as chairman of Nigeria Governors’ forum, that we had gone into recession under Goodluck. I knew as chairman of governor’s forum. And when I open my mouth to say it, that we are broke, she spoke to me not to say it.”
3. Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, while speaking at the official opening of the National Council on Finance and Economic Development (NACOFED) in Abeokuta yesterday, September 27, said the only way Nigeria could urgently step out of the current economic recession is for it to seek foreign loan.
He then accused the Jonathan governments saying that he warned the former president on the impending recession in November 26, 2014, when he joined others to celebrate the birthday of retired Justice Akanbi.
“I reminded the government that we were spending more than we were earning, that very soon, the country would not be able to fund the budget… Unfortunately, the government then refused to listen to my advice,” he told the gathering.
He then went on to reveal that when he discovered that the ban on the importation of toothpick was reversed by the Jonathan administration, he had visited Jonathan in Abuja to ask why he lifted the ban on toothpick and Jonathan said he did not read before he approved.

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