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Buhari lied, we didn’t leave empty treasury – Jonathan

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan has denied his successor’s assertion that the country’s Treasury was left empty when he handed over power last year.

Since the beginning of Buhari’s administration, the APC led government has always accused the previous administration of looting billions of dollars and leaving the country’s finances “virtually empty.”

Jonathan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in London, “It’s not possible, there’s no way he would have inherited an empty Treasury.

“Nigeria’s economy is contracting after a decline in the price of Brent by about half since the middle of 2014. Crude exports accounted in 2014 for as much as two-thirds of government revenue, with most state budgets relying on monthly handouts from the federal administration.

“My administration did very well and we also did very well too in the fight against corruption.”

Speaking on the Niger Delta Avengers, Former President Goodluck Jonathan expressed confidence that the authorities could reach an agreement with militants in the Niger Delta to stop their attacks that had slashed production of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

“Definitely, it will be resolved, government can always overcome restive movements and so on, but the Niger Delta is too delicate, because the level of damage will be too much for the government to bear.

“We used dialogue when I was vice-president, we offered an amnesty and monthly stipends to militants to end years of instability, which had cut oil output,” he added.

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