WAR!! Jonathan And Buhari In Disagreement Over Railway Achievement

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari over claims by him (Buhari) that he inherited “no light, bad roads and no railway.”


Buhari, while briefing Nigerians in the United States last week, had said he met nothing on the ground after he took over as the president.

He had said, “We got into trouble as a country because we did not save for the rainy day. For example, between 1999 and 2015 when we produced an average of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day, and oil prices stood at an average of $100 per barrel, we did not save, neither did we develop infrastructure. Suddenly, when we came in 2015, oil prices fell to about $30 per barrel.

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“I asked, ‘Where are the savings?’ There were none. ‘Where are the railways, the roads, the power?’ None. I further asked, ‘What did we do with billions of dollars that we made over the years?’ They said we bought food. Food with billions of dollars? I did not believe, and still do not believe.”

However, Jonathan, while making an indirect reference to Buhari’s claims, said he was proud of his achievements, especially in the area of rail construction.

Jonathan, in a Facebook post, made reference to a piece written by a former PUNCH columnist, Tolu Ogunlesi, which was published on January 12, 2015.

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The ex-President said, “I am grateful to God and my team for what we were able to achieve with our railways, among other things.”

Ogunlesi, who now serves as the Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to President Buhari, had praised Jonathan’s achievements in a piece entitled, ‘The case for and against President Jonathan.’

In his Facebook post, Jonathan lifted the quote from Ogunlesi’s piece, “Let’s start with infrastructure. On the railways, the Jonathan government scores high marks. The railway line between Lagos and Kano has been revived after about two decades of inactivity.

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“The Enugu-Port Harcourt line has just been launched; Abuja-Kaduna is almost finished. There was a determined push to upgrade airports across the country, for which we are grateful.”

9 thoughts on “WAR!! Jonathan And Buhari In Disagreement Over Railway Achievement

  1. The dullard thinks he can lie like Liar Mohammed.
    You didn't meet anything on ground and expect Nigerians to believe that crap? Even the zombies are finding it hard to believe.

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  2. This buhari of a man is a one funny dude,he has now extended his blame games to 1999,yet he dines and wines with those cohorts that he claimed are responsible for the mayhem in Nigeria now
    Kai,buhari and politicians,you guys should fear God...

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  3. Jonathan should ignore him. if Buhari could steal quotes from Obama without giving him(Obama) credit for it, then GEJ should understand that no be today e start wey baba don dey corner other people's achievement as his. It started since the beginning of his tenure as we were told that the famous "I belong to nobody..." was the brainchild of another person

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  4. Jonathan claimed he did railways, that's a big lie. OBJ started the railways, GEJ couldn't finish it in his more than six years with all the petrodollars available to him only for PMB to complete and commission within 15 months of taking over and he has the mouth to talk!

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  5. Nobody did any railway, far from it
    Refurbishing some one or two precolonial coaches with most commuters sitting dangerously on top of train and many more hanging precariously at the doors is no achievement
    In countries with efficient railway services, most people shun buses in preference for trains
    This rubbish claim and counter claim is mere politcal gymmick by them all

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  6. I maintain that Gej's cluelessness brought us here.If he spent six years and couldn't finish what Obj started what more evidence of being laid back do we need.
    Do you see Pmb as some that would spend even three years with concrete achievement?
    Hr finished the rail in one year.
    Critics should wait for another year and see transformational renaissance.
    The difference is integrity and forthrightness.

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