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NIGERIA: Jonathan’s Critics on Corruption Hypocritical, Says TAN

 The Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN) has said most of the people criticising President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration are actually the corrupt ones who have one case or the other to answer at the anti-corruption agencies.

The organisation which is playing key role in the re-election campaign of President Jonathan insisted that the president has performed more than all his predecessors contrary to what opposition political parties were feeding Nigerians.

The Head, Media and Public Communications of the group, Mr. Christian Udechukwu, who spoke in an interview with THISDAY on Tuesday in Abuja, said what the Jonathan administration has been doing is to systematically digitise accounting records and streamline processes and procedures for payments as well as the disbursement of funds with a view to drastically reducing  corruption.

“This president has been the one that has built more schools, more universities, founded more primary schools, built Almajiri schools far more than any other president in the history of this country, but that is the fact that is very much understated and has not been quite acknowledged as it should. Jonathan has invested more in education than any of his predecessors,” he said.

According to the TAN spokesman, the previous government did more of show than any substantive prosecution of crimes by arresting many people, parading them before television cameras wasting a lot of public funds without yielding much fruit.

He challenged anyone “to look at the records of the so-called critics who have been demonising this government about corruption, and it will be seen that they were once being pursued by one anti corruption agency or the other.

“Secondly, it is on record that the president has also modernised infrastructure far more than what his predecessors did, at least anybody driving around the country will acknowledge that the road networks are far better now, the airport are convenient and more user friendly; these are facts that every Nigerian experiences everyday. People may want to deny or understated them but the fact is that the infrastructure in this country has been better.

“Look at the records of some of them, you will find out that they were the same people who at one point being chased by the anti-corruption agencies and in the end, nothing came out of it, so the fact that they expect the president to repeat the same drama and he has not done that does not mean that he has not been fighting corruption as he should.”

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