Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says the current administration is “laden with corruption” to the extent that the blind and deaf can see and hear it.
Omokri made the remark in a Facebook post on Friday, while reacting to a statement by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity.
In a tweet on Thursday, Shehu had said the presidency rejects a claim recorded in Jonathan’s book — ‘My Transition Hours’ — that Nigeria is more corrupt now than when he left office in 2015.
The Presidency rejects former president, Dr @GEJonathan’s astonishing claim, to the utter surprise of many, that there is more corruption in the country compared to when he left office. This is absolutely untrue. The facts on the ground today run contrary to his outlandish claim.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) November 22, 2018
Omokri however said it was Transparency International that labeled Nigeria corrupt with its “corruption perception index”.
“Even the blind can see the corruption of this administration and the deaf can hear it,” the post read.
“The statement from the Presidency with regards to facts stated by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan In his book, My Transition Hours, is just evidence of a guilty conscience. As Shakespeare said “”The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.
“First and foremost, it was not former President Jonathan who said Nigeria is more corrupt today than it was under the last Peoples Democratic Party administration. That fact was actually stated by Transparency International, the only global body acknowledged as an independent rating agency for corruption.
“Whereas under Jonathan and the PDP, Nigeria made her best ever improvement on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, moving 8 places forward from 144 to 136 in 2014, but under President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, Nigeria has made her worst ever retrogression, moving backwards 12 places from 136 to 148. This is a fact.
“And other people have stated the obvious besides Transparency International, one of them being Ms. Priti Patel, immediate past U.K. Secretary of State for International Development, who this week described President Buhari’s anti corruption war as a sham and an impediment to Nigeria and urged foreign direct investors to shun Nigeria because of Buhari.
“If the Buhari administration is upset at their gold medal for corruption, they should not take out their frustrations at Mr. Jonathan. They should face the umpire who gave them the award, Transparency International.”