According to Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, the money left behind for Nigeria by former President Goodluck Jonathan at the time of his departure on May 29, 2015 was insufficient to run the country’s affairs for three weeks.
Amaechi, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, stated this on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’ program.
The former Rivers State governor claimed that while presiding over the governors’ forum, he was informed by Presidency officials that there was almost nothing left in the treasury.
The minister added, “When you talk about bandits and all these people that kill. It is a question about poverty. And that poverty didn’t start in this regime. Don’t forget that oil was sold at $110, $114, $115 per barrel. When this government came into power, oil fell to $28 per barrel and since then it has not gone above $80 per barrel.
“As former chairman of the governors’ forum, I was told by the security in a meeting chaired by the former President including the former minister of finance that at every point in time, the government must leave money behind in case Nigeria goes to war that would last for six months.
“By the time we came, they didn’t leave money behind that could last us for three weeks. And I was speaking at that time as the chairman of the governors’ forum.”