Professor Charles Soludo has been lambasted By Senator Shehu Sani for daring to reveal some of the failings of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and what needs to be done to revive Nigeria’s dying economy.
Ripples Nigeria had reported 16 bitter truths the former Central Bank Governor (CBN), Soludo, told President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government, when he spoke as a guest lecturer on Thursday in Kaduna State before Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and virtually all APC governors at the 4th lecture series of the Progressives Governors Forum.
But Senator Sani, a lawmaker from Kaduna State, apparently embittered by the revelation has lambasted Soludo for making such revelations and accusing him of being part of those who caused the present economic woes in Nigeria.
According to the APC Senator, Soludo failed to proffer solutions to Nigeria’s economic woes as it was his policies during his reign as CBN governor that brought the country to its terrible state.
The Senator stated this in a statement on Friday, adding that Professor Soludo was entitled to his opinion, but that it was good to remind him of the role he played in bringing down the country’s economy.
“If Soludo and his government had actually implemented such lofty ideas of reforms, we couldn’t have found ourselves where we are today. It’s too early to forget the legacy of cronyism, elitism and vindictiveness that occasioned the past administrations.
“Soludo was lucky to serve under a government that was powered by $140 per barrel and without the headache, heartache and bloodshed that has become of Niger Delta and the North-East.
“Soludo need to be reminded that most of those on trial today for stealing our public funds were the same people rooted in the government he served before GEJ. Yes PMB is tackling the ‘symptoms of corruption,’ but the symptoms were there for 16 years.
“If Soludo and others have combated the symptoms, PMB could have now focused on the ailment. It’s not in contention that blame game by the PMB administration against GEJ must end but under PDP three governments for 16 years, hardly a day passed without the same blame game on late Abacha.”
“Those who invited Soludo did that to rubbish PMB’s economic policies that they don’t have the balls to do. What is the reason and the logic behind APC chieftains inviting a PDP economist to lecture them on the economy? The very party they consistently deride for ruining this country for ‘16 years’?” Sani said.
Ripples Nigeria had reported Professor Soludo as saying among other things, “That APC must stop the blame game and focus on the challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment. That APC government has not much time left having spent 35 per cent of its working days with no major milestones.”
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