Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has
on Friday, revealed how his administration outsmarted the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led a ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to be
become of the leading economy in Africa.
He refuted the allegation that he was responsible for the current economic recession bedevilling the nation.
Jonathan, who stated this through his
former Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati, in Lagos, while chatting
with the Media on the state of the economy, recounted the economic
achievements of ex-the immediate past administration.
He said there was danger in peddling a
single side of the story of how Nigeria’s recession started, as
championed by Buhari’s cabinet; stressing that repeating a lie will make
people start to assume it is true.
He added, that Jonathan’s administration
re-based the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the nation and made
Nigeria the largest economy in Africa.
The ex-Spokesman, further urged Nigerians to always double-check information peddled by the Buhari administration.
Abati said: “There is something about
the danger of a single story. If you look at the Jonathan government, at
the risk of defending that administration, under that administration
the GDP was the re-based and Nigeria became the largest economy in
“As at 2014, Nigeria had become the
number one Foreign Direct Investment destination in Africa. Within the
first half of 2014, this economy has gained from FDI alone about N1.15
trillion. In fact, that same year, for the first time in Africa, the
World Economic Forum held in Nigeria, which was a kind of endorsement of
what was been done by that administration at that time.
“It was also under that administration,
that the auto motive industry was revived. It was under that
administration that the national railway was revived. It was under that
administration that the agricultural sector became very robust.
“I am not here to come and offer a
defense, but the danger of the single story is that it ends up repeating
a lie, until you assume that people will believe it. I think that
people should double check some of these things,” he concluded.