Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has just revealed that his administration did not plug all loopholes in its efforts to fight and end corruption in the country.
The past president who was widely celebrated for humbly conceding defeat in the country’s 2015 national election, said it was wrong for anyone to assume that Nigeria’s economy would have been in a worse state if he had won the 2015 general election.
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Former president Jonathan spoke at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Saturday during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, non- elective national convention.
Jonathan who was flanked by his former deputy president, Namadi Sambo, with some serving and former governors, and chieftains of the party, pointed at the 2012 flood in the country as a major set back to his administration.
“Though we didn’t completely plug the loopholes in the fight against corruption, we did well.
“I learnt that some people said that if the PDP had remained in power beyond 2015, the economy would have been worse. This couldn’t have been the case, because we had a sound economic team in place.
“Let us not forget that the great floods of 2012 were a major calamity that damaged homes and farmlands on the plains of River Niger and Benue.
“But despite the devastating effects of this natural disaster, there were no food shortages or arbitrary increase in prices, because of what we were able to accomplish with our agriculture transformation agenda, which considerably boosted food production.
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“If we say that we rekindled hope in our people and regained international goodwill, it is because we pursued a number of policies and programmes that were not only richly rewarding for our people, but were also being copied by many countries across the globe, a few of which I will mention here,” he said.