Reno Omokri, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has asked Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun state, to stop blaming the immediate past president.
Dismissing Aregbesola’s claim that calamity struck the economy in 2014 when huge amounts of crude oil was stolen under the previous government, Omokri said the country witnessed an “unprecedented growth” under the immediate past administration.
He accused Aregbesola of not being prudent in his expenditure, saying “if Governor Aregbesola would only sell the tens 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 Dr. Jonathan who left office almost three years ago,” Omokri said.
Omokri said Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) consistently grew at over six percent per annum under Jonathan.
He advised the governor to “take a cue from Anambra where the state government is not dependent on the federal government” but has come up with ways to generate revenue without taking loans.
“Rather than blame Dr. Jonathan or the PDP for his massive failure in office, Governor Aregbesola is advised 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 statement by Omokri read.
“Anambra has become self-sufficient in food production and is exporting agricultural produce to Europe and Asia whereas Osun state under Governor Aregbesola which has a larger and more fertile land mass is borrowing left right and center and failing that, begging for funds from national and multinational institutions.
“My question to Rauf Aregbesola is whether the Governor of Anambra has two heads whereas Aregbesola has only one? The answer is that the Anambra state government is not headed by a man 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.”
He added that the “emptiness” of the governor is the reason Osun people voted against the APC in the recent Osun west senatorial district election.