- Festus Keyamo believes that Nigeria would have collapsed if Buhari was not elected as president in 2015
- Keyamo accuses the government of Goodluck Jonathan of running down the economy of Nigeria
- He says it is now easy to sell President Buhari ahead of 2019 since the latter has recorded some successes
Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson for the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, has revealed that the emergence of the president in 2015 saved Nigeria from what would have become a total collapse.
Keyamo spoke with VinMartin Obiora Ilo on The Signature Show, saying the government of Goodluck Jonathan had drowned the country financially before President Buhari emerged.
He said Buhari made a successful effort to clean up the mess of the previous government despite dealing with a near-empty treasury and depleted resources.
“If not for quick thinking and prudence on the part of this president, this country would have collapsed with what was left in 2015. The treasury was almost empty and there was nothing to run this country upon at that time.
“With low earnings, our foreign reserves have shot up. Giving investors confidence to come and invest because your foreign reserves show how liquid you are.
“People were asking: 'What is foreign reserve when you borrow so much? Did we borrow to pay salaries?’
“In 2015, they were already borrowing to pay salaries, not to build infrastructure. 24 states were almost going bankrupt in 2015, owing salaries for more than five months.
“This government came and cleared the backlog of those salaries by prudent application of public resources. With production of oil dropping to 700,000 barrels per day at a point; with the price of oil dropping to nearly 30,000 barrels per day, they came and cleared all of this mess they met on the ground.
“It is magic. Given the resources available, what this government has done is an over-performance,” Keyamo said.
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Keyamo further said it was easy to sell President Buhari to Nigerians now because he had performed very well since 2015.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's aide, Laolu Akande, on Sunday, May 6, named those whom he alleged stole $3 billion from oil lifted in a strategic alliance contract by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
It was gathered that Akande in a statement named them as a former minister of petroleum resources Diezani Allison-Madueke, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko.
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