Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of lying to Nigerians in his 2019 Budget presentation.
PULSE NAIJA had reported that Buhari on Wednesday presented the 2019 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly.
Buhari, who was accompanied to the National Assembly by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, unveiled a budget of N8.83 trillion for the 2019 fiscal year.
The 2019 total budget estimate was N300 billion lower than the N9.1 billion being implemented for the current fiscal year.
Reacting, Omokri, in a series of tweets on Wednesday, spoke on alleged lies recorded in Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation.
Omokri wrote, “ 1-@MBuhari said “Through hard work, and by the special grace of God, we have weathered these storms”. What storm did you weather when under you, 20.93 million people became unemployed and your country became the world headquarters for extreme poverty?”
2.Buhari said “The economy has recovered from recession and we have had six quarters of growth since then.” That is technically not true. Our population continues to grow almost 3 times faster than economic growth. Poverty is inevitable under such conditions.
3.“We have done more work with less resources in agriculture”. Not true. More work than whom? According to the @USDA, Nigeria now imports more food than under @GEJonathan. We are billed two be the 2nd largest rice importer in the world next year.
4-@MBuhari said “We have made strenuous and successful efforts to overcome the insurgency in NE”. A blatant lie. Nigeria fell in the Global Terrorism Index from #4 under GEJ to #3 this year. More soldiers died this year than at any other time eg, Metele.
5-@MBuhari said “The FG has been working in a unified and patriotic manner to tackle tension between herdsmen and farmers”. Blatant lie. 2018 has been the worst year of herdsmen killing in Nigeria’s history with over 3,000 killed and not one killer convicted.
6-@MBuhari said “The FG has also sustained its efforts to fight grand corruption”. Another BIG lie. According to Transparency International, Nigeria is now more corrupt than at any time in its history and fell 12 places from 136 to 148 in the latest CPI #Buhari2019BudgetLies
7-@MBuhari said “We recorded successes in economic management.” How can this be when in 2019 we simultaneously became world headquarters for extreme poverty, out of school kids & infant mortality? @BillGates called Nigeria one of the worst places to be born #Buhari2019BudgetLies.
8-@MBuhari said “We have increased foreign exchange reserves from a low of $28.57 B in May 2015 to $42.92 B”. Another lie. Buhari failed to tell you our debt doubled from ₦11 trillion under GEJ to ₦24 billion today. You can’t increase reserve with debt #Buhari2019BudgetLies
9-@MBuhari said “, Nigeria was spending $5 million dollars a day on rice importation. Today rice imports have virtually stopped” This is the biggest lie of all. Only a man without shame can lie like this. Read this exposé by yourselF.
10-@MBuhari said “In the railway sector, we completed and commissioned the Abuja-Kaduna Rail”. This is an unnecessary lie. @Google it. That project was completed by the GEJ Government. What was outstanding in 2015 was importation of the trains from China #Buhari2019BudgetLies.”