2016 Budget Won’t Take Nigeria Far, It Holds No Future For Us- Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has said
the budget presented yesterday by the President of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria will not take the country far, but instead stamp the name of the
country on debtors list. FFK said the budget had no major stand and asked the APC
led Government to stop blaming Jonathan for the long fuel queues in the country
today, saying the major part of it was caused by Tinubu, El-Rufai and Amaechi. He
also reminded them that it’s been seven months APC took over power and it’s
high time they start taking responsibilities for their woes.  Below is a statement signed by him which was
made available to journalists in Abuja shortly after the President presented
the 2016 budget. Enjoy!

“In order to fund part of the budget the government intends
to borrow money and this will throw our country into even greater debt. What a
tragedy this is given the fact that in 2007 Nigeria was debt-free. The Buhari
administration is spending money like a drunken sailor and they are borrowing
as if there is no tomorrow, mortgaging the future of our nation and our
” We need far more fiscal discipline and seriousness than
that if our government really wishes to improve the economy and better the lives
of ordinary people.
“Meanwhile the Federal Government has said that President
Goodluck Jonathan is responsible for today’s long fuel queues even though he
left office 7 months ago.
” They seem to have forgotten that in 2012 it was their
group, led by Bola Tinubu, Nasir El Rufai, Rotimi Amaechi and President Buhari
himself that aggressively opposed deregulation and almost brought the whole
country to a standstill with protests and riots all over the place in their
efforts to prevent the government from removing the oil subsidy.
“Had it not been for their pettiness, lack of understanding,
shortsightedness and double standards the subsidy would have been removed three
years ago and fuel queues would have been a thing of history. Sadly they lacked
the foresight to appreciate the virtues of that policy and today they have the
nerve to blame Jonathan for the mess that they themselves essentially created.

“They have been in power for 7 months now: it is time for
them to step up to the plate, start taking responsibility for their own
actions, do a better job and stop blaming Jonathan for their own miserable and
avoidable failures.”

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