Tuesday, May 22, 2018

$16b power project : Obasanjo fired back at President Buhari.

Buhari, on Tuesday, May 22, 108, alleged that a 'former President' spent $16b on power and nothing was achieved.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has fired back at President Buhari following his comment on the $16b power project carried out during his administration.

This is contained in a statement signed by the former President’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

In his response, Obasanjo described Buhari’s comment as ignorant adding that he does not have proper understanding of the issue.

“It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari, apparently without correct information and based on ignorance, suggested that $16 billion was wasted on power projects by “a former President”.  We believe that the President was re-echoing the unsubstantiated allegation against Chief Obasanjo by his own predecessor but one," the statement said.

“Obasanjo urged Buhari and his co-travellers to read Chapters 41, 42, 43 and 47 of My Watch for his insights and perspectives on the power sector and indeed what transpired when the allegation of $16 billion on power projects was previously made.

“If he cannot read the three-volume book, he should detail his aides to do so and summarise the chapters in a language that he will easily understand,” he said.

False allegations

Obasanjo also said that the National Assembly has looked into the matter and proved that the allegations against him are false.

According to the statement, "Obasanjo argued that while it is doubtful that a President with proper understanding of the issue would utter such, it should be pointed out that records from the National Assembly had exculpated him (Obasanjo) of any wrong-doing concerning the power sector and has proved the allegations as false.

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