former president Goodluck Jonathan X President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday vowed to recover billions of dollars stolen under the administration of his immediate predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the Jonathan government threw the nation into a financial crisis by throwing all financial and administrative processes in parastatals and agencies to “the dogs”
Promising that the era of impunity and financial recklessness was over, the President said the next 90 days might be hard for the Federal Government and the states.
“The next three months may be hard, but billions of dollars can be recovered, and we will do our best,” Buhari said in a statement made available to journalists after his meeting with the 36 state governors in Abuja.
But he did not state how he would go about the recovery of the looted funds.
Buhari regretted that the impunity, lack of accountability and financial recklessness in the management of national resources by the past administration threw the country into a situation that is worse than what happened in the Second Republic.
The President, in the statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, added, “There are financial and administrative instructions in every government parastatal and agency.
“But all these were thrown to the dogs in the past. Honestly, our problems are great, but we will do our best to surmount them.”
He said that a comprehensive statement on the economic and financial situation inherited by his administration would be made public within the next four weeks.
“We will try and put the system back into the right position. What happened in the 2nd Republic has apparently happened again, and even worse, but we will restore sanity to the system,” Buhari assured the governors.