$67b row turns dirty

More missiles were hurled at the weekend by the associates of former-President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan’s aides, who have been bickering over the running of the government. A former Education Minister and one-time Vice President (Africa) at the World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, ignited the fire. She alleged at the convocation lecture she delivered at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) that the administration of the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr. Jonathan frittered away $67 billion in foreign reserves and Excess Crude Account (ECA) left behind by Obasanjo.

Former ministers Nasir el-Rufai and Femi Fani-Kayode joined the fray in defence of Mrs. Ezekwesili, who came under attack from Information Minister Labaran Maku and presidential aide Dr. Doyin Okupe. Maku asked Mrs. Ezekwesili to account for the over N40 billion voted for education when she was in charge between 2006 and 2007. Obasanjo has been unrelenting in his criticism of the Jonathan administration, especially its handling of the Boko Haram crisis.

Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati, in an article entitled “Hypocrisy of yesterday’s men”, published in major newspapers yesterday, took on Mrs. Ezekwesili and other ministers in the Obasanjo cabinet. He also attacked Obasanjo for failing to deliver in the power sector. “They managed to leave the country in darkness, with less than 2,000 MW; abandoned Independent Power Projects, mismanaged power stations… a better conceived power sector road map is running apace, and the administration is determined to make it better,” Abati wrote.
But yesterday, Mrs. Ezekwesili and el-Rufai took to the twitter to fire back at the presidential spokesman…



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