Oshiomhole, Reveal Your Source - US State Department
The roaring governor of Edo state who recently stated that an American government official informed him that a minister who served under the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, stole $6billion (more than N1.2 trillion) has been asked to name the source of his information by the American state department. While addressing the press on Monday at the state house alongside governor of Kebbi state Atiku Bagudu who as members of the APC governors' forum briefed the President on the outcome of discussions held with Senators on Sunday, noted that the country was being very patient with the PDP; otherwise Nigerians would have been “stoning” anyone carrying the badge of the party. “PDP destroyed the country- I mean from the lips of American officials; senior officials of the state department. They said one minister under PDP cornered as much as $6billion, and the man said even by Washington standard that is earth-quaking,” he said. “We have moved away from a president that doesn’t seem to know his powers to one that understands that he is a president of the country in the continent,” Mr. Oshiomhole said in response to criticisms of the trip by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. Governor Oshiomhole said the PDP government destroyed institutions, damaged the military, converted the NTA to a party megaphone, destroyed the SSS, went after opposition, and compromised even student unions. Furthermore, he said under the PDP, there was no law as they were law to themselves. He quoted American officials as saying that Mr. Jonathan was seen as a confused president who did not know what they issues were, leaving others outside the country “frustrated”. He recalled a chat with the US Assistant Secretary of State, Johnnie Carson, on the difference between the administration of Fmormer President Jonathan and Buhari where Mr. Carson told him that each time they thought that there was light at the end of the tunnel for Nigeria and it is time to encourage them to build on it, “you would wake up the following day under president Jonathan to find out that even the tunnel had been removed”. “Now last week, this same Carson cheered the president’s address at the Institute of Peace. And he said ‘we now have a man of enormous integrity; one that has shown so much faith in the democratic process; one that refused to be frustrated even in the face of massively rigged elections,” he said.