The Nigerian Presidency has labelled the Buhari Support Group as “unserious”, “power-mongers”, and lacking “clear objective programmes for the country”, for asking that President Goodluck Jonathan spends the N21.27 billion gifted him at a fundraiser on Nigeria’s electricity problems.
The Buhari Group, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Chidia Maduekwe, on Sunday, said that “Nigerians are worse off in terms of electricity supply than they were 15 years ago.” The Group said while the government’s achievement in power featured at the fundraisers, it said Nigerians were being deprived adequate electricity.
The Group said Nigeria on per capita consumption basis ranked 178th, with consumption of 106.21KWh per person, and behind Gabon’s 283.6KWh; Cameroun’s 176.0KWh and Kenya’s 128.68KWh.
The Group South Africa with 50 million people generates 40, 000MW, while Nigeria is struggling to generate 4,000 MW.
To the Group, “The PDP-led government will only lead Nigeria into a demographic disaster with its current failed energy policy.”
Speaking for the Presidency, Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, according to Punch, said the Federal Government had money to pursue its power generation programmes.
“The power road map, the first of its kind in this country, is being pursued diligently and efficiently and it is being funded legitimately through the budget for the purpose of accountability. The nation does not lack funds for this,” he said.
It also described the Group’s statement as that of a pot calling the kettle black.
As quoted, Okupe said: “They have perfected the act of deception and glorified falsehood. That’s why they will say Buhari doesn’t have N1m in his account and he wants to go into a national campaign.
“He wants to get the money for campaign from corrupt politicians and people of questionable character.”
“We know for a fact that Buhari’s funds will come from dubious sources, including corrupt governors.”
“Buhari was sponsored for the APC primary by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who unashamedly brought the treasury of the state to Lagos.
“Yet, he has not paid teachers in the state for about eight months. APC should stop this pretence and put their house in order. Nigerians are tired of their propaganda.”