Former President Goodluck Jonathan says it is unfair to blame for him for the “failure” of President Muhammadu Buhari to inspire confidence in investors within his first six months in office.
He said this while responding to the comments made by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, when he featured on Channels Television earlier on Monday.
Shehu had said Jonathan directed members of his cabinet not to cooperate with the transition committee and that, that slowed down the government of Buhari.
But responding in a statement issued on his behalf by Ikechukwu Eze, his spokesman, Jonathan wondered why a government seeking reelection would be looking for a scapegoat.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in which he blamed the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint ministers until six months after taking over office on the administration of former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan,” the statement read.
“As strange as that particular assertion may sound, it still beggars belief that a spokesman of a President who is seeking re-election would still be looking for a scapegoat for the administration’s failure, at a time he should be showcasing his scorecard. That amounts to merely clutching at straws.
“One thing is as clear as daylight: The Jonathan administration has absolutely nothing to do with the failure of this government to appoint ministers early enough to inspire confidence in investors because it is obvious that handover notes from a predecessor does not contain the list of ministers for the incoming administration.
“However, that is even making light of Garba Shehu’s unending embarrassing gaffe. It is expected that a man who has been around the corridors of power for that long, beginning from when he served as a media adviser under President Obasanjo for years, should understand Government’s basic functions and procedures. Handover notes, being transitioning documents, are usually received by an incoming President from his predecessor at the time of change of government.”