Drained foreign reserves: PDP welcomes Obasanjo's criticism

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—FOR lampooning President Goodluck Jonathan that the nation’s foreign reserves plummeted under his administration from $60 billion to about $30 billion,  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Wednesday took a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying as a government, it was not ashamed of anything.

According to PDP, Obasanjo was entitled to his opinion and views as a Nigerian, but his criticisms would make the party and the government better in future.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had on Monday tongue lashed President  Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of squandering $25 billion crude Oil savings left behind by his administration, adding that late President Umaru Yar’Adua raised the nation’s Foreign Reserves to $60 billion, but under President Jonathan, the Reserves plummeted.

Nothing links Buhari with Boko Haram
Meanwhile, the PDP also said that though the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, may have made some contributions on the dreaded Boko Haram sect whose members have engaged in massive killing and wanton destruction of property,  the government does not in any way have evidence against him, just as it stressed that he portends great danger for the unity of the Nigerian state.

The party has also vowed to expose to General Muhammadu Buhari and what he reportedly stands for.

Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode, who was responding  to a question on comments by his former boss on the nation’s economy, noted that former President Obasanjo had also condemned the APC leader and former governor of Lagos State as well as Buhari, adding, “First of all President Olusegun Obasanjo also accused former governor Bola Tinubu  of misappropriation of funds and  corruption in his book, he also accused  General Buhari of committing some of the most heinous crimes against humanity over the years;  they are contained in his books over the years.

“Coming specifically to the issues you have raised, you used the word misappropriation, I listened to Obasanjo carefully he never used the word misappropriation. That is a different thing entirely,  he spoke about what he believed was the misused or whatever of foreign reserve. He never used the word misappropriation.

''What I will say about that is that our leader and father, former President Obasanjo is certainly entitled to his views and we thank God that we have a president that welcomes the views of everybody about everything and anything.

Fani-Kayode added “They can live in the comfort of that fact that nobody is going to be too hard on them in terms of responses. We continue to learn from Obasanjo and we continue to believe that he is a loyal party member that he claims  to be, we believe that he is a loyal party member. We sincerely hope that what he has said is an attempt to make us better in the future.''

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