Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop using dwindling crude prices for lack of performance.
According to Obasanjo, he met worse when he took power in 1999, but made the best of it.
He reminded Buhari that unlike his administration that met a paltry $3.7 billion,Â in the coffers, Goodluck Jonathan left behind a whooping $30 billion.
He said â€œWhen IÂ assumed office in 1999, I inherited $3.7 billion inÂ reserve, while Buhari met $30 billion, almost 10Â times of what I met then, and the price of oil thenÂ was $9. When it got to $20, I was dancing.Â know the price is down now and with time, it willÂ jump up again. What Buhari is doing currently isÂ preparing ground for Nigeria to take advantageÂ when it goes up again.â€
Obasanjo expressed angst against those asking him toÂ account for recovered Abacha loot, describing themÂ as illiterates and silly people.
Obasanjo, who stated this in an interview,
weekend,Â said the role of his office was to facilitate
theÂ recovery process and not how it was put to use.
He said: â€œThey said the money recovered fromÂ Abacha, I should account for it. What stupidity! TheÂ man who asked for it, the man who gave theÂ judgement or who answered them are all silly,Â with due respect.
â€œI donâ€™t keep account, all Abacha loots were sent toÂ Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and every bit of it wasÂ reported to Minister of Finance. My job was to writeÂ where we can get help to recover the money.
â€œEvery penny that comes out of it went to CBN, so ifÂ they want to know what happened to the money,Â they should call CBN governor or call the MinisterÂ of Finance.
â€œBut again, it shows ignorance,
total ignorance,Â which is lacking and you wonder, are
these peopleÂ educated? They can also approach the man
whoÂ helped us in recovering process to give the list
money recovered and where he took it.â€