Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as a response to Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s criticism that he (Jonathan) did not include 19 states including the FCT as beneficiaries of Ecological Funds during his administration said that the Kaduna State Governor has “an incurable knack for lying”.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai who is the head of an 11-member committee that investigated about the Ecological Fund, at the National Economic Committee (NEC) told Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, that Ex-President Jonathan denied about 19 states allocation from the ecological funds.
“What President Goodluck Jonathan did was to take N2 billion each from the Ecological Fund and give to some PDP states. Any PDP state that was not his friend; like Kano and Kwara didn’t get, and all the other opposition parties like no ACN state got anything, no ANPP state got anything,” El-Rufai said
According to El-Rufai, the states that were denied the fund are; Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, and Abuja.
Citing a book titled “My Watch”, written by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mallam El-Rufai who served as a Minister and member of Obasanjo’s cabinet, was described as a disloyal figure by his former boss, Obasanjo. Consequently Ex-President Jonathan noted that he was not surprised at El-Rufai’s recent comment about him concerning the Ecological Fund.
The statement was issued on Friday by Ikechukwu Eze, Ex-President Jonathan’s media adviser;
“It is false that non-PDP states did not get monies from the fund,” Mr. Jonathan said.
“It is so easy to expose Mallam Nasir El-rufai as a liar being that Akwa-Ibom, a PDP state governed by the then Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and a close confidante and major supporter of the then President, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, did not get the monies alluded to by Mallam El-Rufai from the Ecological Fund as did multiple other PDP states including Ekiti state, a state governed by a thoroughbred patriot and Jonathan supporter, Ayo Fayose.”
“Nemesis catches up faster with liars than any other agent of evil. El-Rufai was probably led by the gods against his own sinister plot to confess in another breathe (sic) that States under non-PDP parties like APGA and Labour party also benefitted.
“The fact remains that the Ecological Fund is a specialized fund with certain constitutional requirements which must be met before a state can access the funds. Every state benefitted from the fund under President Jonathan who bent over backwards to accommodate states that had difficulty meeting the criteria for accessing the fund.”
The statement further noted that Mallam El-Rufai’s sinister narrative was however intentionally silent on the over N10billion deployed to fund the Great Green Wall (GGW) Project in some northern states.
“These states included Zamfara, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Adamawa. Others are Yobe, Borno and Kano which belong to Mallam El-rufai’s class of ‘non-friendly’ states that he alleged never benefitted from any discretionary fund.
“Similar principle applies to the conditions for accessing the Universal basic Education fund where some states have not had access to what is due them, because they are yet to fulfill the mandatory criteria for allocation. Would it then be right in the name of El-rufai’s position on equity to blame the failure of those states to access their UBEC funds on Jonathan?”
Jonathan added that it was sad that presidential interventions to tackle emergencies and other pressing national issues were being interrogated in a rather facile manner by those who never get tired of playing dirty politics.
“Nigerians may recall that this is not the first time that El-rufai has vented his known passion for lying against the former President.”
“The public will recall that in October 2015 he falsely alleged that former President Jonathan spent a whopping N64 billion on Independence Day celebrations, during his tenure when in fact only N333 million was spent.
“Nigerians may also recall that this same El-rufai falsely accused former President Jonathan and former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of founding and funding Boko Haram to the tune of N50 billion.
“We can only wonder what new false accusation El-rufai may come up with tomorrow, as with him it is a case of one day, one lie.
“We therefore urge Nigerians to ‘be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath’ whenever this notorious liar opens his mouth.”