Buhari Can’t Memorise His Own Phone Number

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan at a political rally in Enugu State on Friday slated the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), for being unable to memorise his own mobile phone number.
Jonathan’s scathing remarks appeared to be his response to sundry allegations from the APC presidential candidate, one of which is his alleged failure to tackle corruption. Jonathan said he wondered how Buhari would develop the country’s economy having failed to do so when he was head of state between 1983 and 1985.
“Is it now that Buhari cannot even remember his own phone number that he can change the economy of the country.” Jonathan asked.
Jonathan said he was compelled to make personal attacks at Buhari because “sometimes circumstances demand that certain things must be said.”
Jonathan described Buhari as belonging to the medieval age and intent to run country as a medieval king.
The president said, “We cannot run the government as if we are in the medieval age; we cannot run a government where somebody said he would throw people into jail.
“You are not a medieval king – a medieval king can throw you into jail but we have to follow the rule of law because we cannot go back to the old days.”
Jonathan would further justify why Buhari is non-electable by reading a coup speech by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.) after he led a military putsch against Buhari’s regime on August 27, 1985. In the speech, Babangida accused Buhari of promise not kept after he toppled Shehu Shagari’s government for widescale corruption.
According to the speech, “The initial objectives of Buhari’s intervention were betrayed as there was a general deterioration of standard of living in the country.” Jonathan also claimed Babangida accused Buhari of being “too rigid in his attitude to national issues” and “became alienated from the people” in the course of his stay in power. Jonathan said Buhari and the APC “are telling young Nigerians that they are going to change the economy but they have not told us how they want to manage the economy more than us.
“If they say they want to change agriculture, they should tell us the weak links in the agriculture value chain and what they want to do about it,” he said.
Jonathan added: “I said in Lagos that I want to work with young people, not to deceive people.
“I am not going to run the government based on my habits, I am going to run the government according to global best practices.”
Jonathan also stated he is unflinching in the corruption fight. “There is no government that has fought corruption more than we do.”
He accused Buhari of using corruption fight as bait to jail his enemies, mentioning the sentencing of some prominent Igbo politicians, including former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme and former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, when he was head of state.
In reference to Buhari, Jonathan said, “You can no longer carry people and put them in prison for 301 years.”
Jonathan said Buhari wrongly perceives every wealthy Nigerian as being corrupt. Jonathan said, “If a Nigerian businessman has a private jet, then you are corrupt but if a South African has a private jet then you commend him.
“If you have a good house, then you are corrupt, if you have a good car then you are corrupt – that is his definition of corruption.”
Jonathan accused his opponent of making spurious claims, “saying that government is corrupt but they are not telling us what they are going to do to stop corruption. Let them go back to their consultants to coach them, then I will listen to them.
He said, “They should tell us how they are going to manage the economy better than we do.
“They are saying we stole foreign reserves, nobody can steal foreign reserves – spurious allegations.” Jonathan insisted on his earlier claim that Buhari didn’t equip the Nigerian military during his regime.
“For 30 years, we had only one frigate, now we have four additional frigates,” he said. Jonathan also accused Buhari of gender-bias as reason for not appointing any female into his government. Jonathan said, “They have deceived us before and they want to deceive us again.
“Go and find out whether these people are deceiving you or are telling you the truth.
“People are assessing me because I have run this country for some years – they have run this country for two years.
“They came with promises but immediately they came in, what they did was to jail Jim Nwobodo for 201 years.”

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