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I Did Not Spend N64b On Independence Celebrations – Jonathan

Posted: Oct 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has branded Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, a ‘liar’ for alleging that he spent N64 billion on October 1 celebrations between 2010 and 2015.
The statement, titled “We never spent billions on independence anniversary — Jonathan”, was issued on behalf of the former president on Sunday by Abubakar Sulaiman, the immediate past minister/deputy chairman, National Planning Commission.
Sulaiman said the Jonathan administration spent only N332.6 million for the celebration in five years — an average of N66 million per year.
The Muhammadu Buhari administration spent N70 million on the 55th independence anniversary on Thursday in what was described as a low-key celebration.
Sulaiman said former President Olusegun Obasanjo was “perhaps” right in his assessment of el-Rufai as somone who has a penchant for lying, for unfair embellishment of stories and his inability to sustain loyalty for long.