Former President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded his administration, asserting that it played a pivotal role in rescuing Nigeria from the clutches of corruption and averting an impending economic collapse. He highlighted that his administration’s achievements in combating corruption were unparalleled.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Buhari’s remarks came in response to allegations made by former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, regarding issues such as the Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) contract, Paris Club debt, and the Ajaokuta steel company.
His statement, released by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, pointed out that the cases cited by Adoke were rooted in a government in which he himself held a significant role in administering justice.
Regarding the P&ID contract, Buhari clarified that his administration inherited it and successfully prevented its execution, despite the previous administration allowing it to progress, potentially exposing Nigeria to over $10 billion in liabilities.
The statement further addressed the Paris Club issue, highlighting that it shared similar origins and circumstances with the P&ID case, both stemming from administrations predating President Buhari’s tenure.
Buhari’s administration was commended for introducing new legislation, recovering stolen funds, repatriating stolen assets from abroad, and investing these resources judiciously in infrastructure development. The statement also emphasized the increased number of high-profile corruption convictions achieved during his tenure.
Buhari’s efforts against corruption were internationally recognized, leading to his appointment as the African Continental Anti-Corruption Champion by the African Union. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption (UNODC) also acknowledged these efforts.
The statement addressed allegations in the aviation sector, highlighting the administration’s accomplishments in capital infrastructure development, safety, and policy. It was noted that these efforts had made the aviation sector more attractive for investment, resulting in the emergence of new airlines and an absence of major commercial airline incidents.
The statement concluded that while all Nigerians have the right to voice their opinions about the Buhari administration, unsubstantiated allegations of corruption should not be used as a basis for moralizing and pontificating.