A former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Mr. Reno Omokri has challenged the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to tell the people of the state how he mismanaged their resources, describing him as a governor who have a consumer mentality.
Responding to what he called Aregbesola’s verbal diarrhoea and historical revision, Omokri said in a statement yesterday that no matter how much federal allocation given to a governor with a consumer mentality, it would not be enough.
“No matter how little federal allocation you give a governor, if he has a producer mentality, it will be turned into more than enough. Peter Obi and Willie Obiano of Anambra are examples,” Omokri said.
Omokri, who was reacting to the recent comments by Aregbesola blaming former President Jonathan and the PDP for his inability to pay salaries at the state level and for failing to halt the theft of crude oil, described the governor’s comments as another one in the long list of blame gaming that the present All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at all levels are well known for.
Speaking while hosting the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Aregbesola was quoted by Omokri as saying: “Nigerians easily forget that in June 2014, calamity struck the Nigerian economy when a huge magnitude of crude oil was stolen under the previous government which adversely affected the revenue from the federation account, and the government then repeatedly recorded slide in the revenue generation.”
But Omokri said it was not surprising that the usually loquacious Aregbesola has been quiet about the $25 billion scam at the Nigerian National Peteroleum Corporation (NNPC) and chooses to distract the public with this fallacious revision of history.
According to Omokri, the $25 billion scam is the single largest scam in the history of Nigeria since 1914.
“For the avoidance of doubt, calamity did not strike the Nigerian economy on June 2014 as alleged by Aregbesola or at any other time that President Jonathan governed Nigeria. Perhaps Aregbesola is confused and meant to say August 2016 when Nigeria officially entered into recession for the first time in 25 years due to the mismanagement of the economy by the APC administrations at all levels. Contrary to Aregbesola’s verbal diarrhoea, the Jonathan era, spanning 2010 to 2015, witnessed an era of unprecedented growth in which Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) consistently grew at over 6 per cent per annum and our economy became the largest economy in Africa and the third fastest growing economy in the world according to CNNMoney. In that time frame, inflation was at single digit rate, the naira was stable at under 200 naira to a dollar and petrol sold at 87 per litre,” Omokri explained.
He advised Aregbesola not to blame Jonathan or the PDP for his massive failure in office, but to look at Anambra State where the state government is not dependent on the federal government but has creatively come up with ways to generate revenue without taking loans or the bailout handed out by the APC led federal government.
The former presidential aide noted that “Anambra State has become self sufficient in food production and is exporting agricultural produce to Europe and Asia whereas Osun State under Aregbesola which has a larger and more fertile land mass is borrowing left right and centre and begging for funds from national and multinational institutions.”
“My question to Rauf Aregbesola is whether the Governor of Anambra State has two heads whereas Aregbesola has only one? The answer is that the Anambra State government is not headed by a lazy talkative who believes that all there is to governance is to wait for monthly manna from Abuja. No matter how much federal allocation you give a governor, if he has a consumer mentality, it will never be enough. Aregbesola is an example. No matter how little federal allocation you give a governor, if he has a producer mentality, it will be turned to more than enough. Peter Obi and Willie Obiano of Anambra State are examples,” Omokri said.
Omokri however, noted that the great people of Osun State have seen through the emptiness of their governor and his APC and voted overwhelmingly against them and for the PDP in the recent Osun West senatorial district election.
“If Aregbesola would only sell the 10 of cars in his convoy, reduce the hundreds of millions it takes to run his office, curtail the millions he spends on propaganda and then invest that money in income generating ventures like farms, poultries, micro finance institutions and similar enterprises, he will be able to pay his civil servants instead of passing the buck and blaming Jonathan who left office almost three years ago,” Omokri added