In a chat session with journalists at an event in Ile-Ife, former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly fix the country’s economic problems and hardship.
Gowon spoke at the Health Caravan and Award ceremony for the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, who was conferred with the Royal Ambassador for Hepatitis Advocacy in Nigeria by the Seham Health Care Foundation on Wednesday at the Ooni Palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
“Let the current authority find a way out of the current economic crisis. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has been telling us what they have been doing to get the economy strong again. She said all will be well by September. Let’s wait till then. He said
“I have left government for a long time, so I may not really know what the problem is. The current administration should do whatever they can to solve the economic challenge. They should find a way to restore confidence in citizens and the nation at large by fixing the economy.”
The former Head of State noted that nobody padded the budget during his time, he noted that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was in charge of Nigeria’s finance at that time and he taught the government how to survive without borrowing.
“If that is true, if anybody is doing that, the person should be checked and stopped to ensure that such does not occur in the future.
“We didn’t do it during my time. We had the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in charge of our finance during my time and he taught us how to survive without borrowing. Such (budget paddling) should stop, there is no point doing that,”