Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has stated that he left $2.07 billion in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) when it handed over the reins of government to President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.
Jonathan made this known on Wednesday through one of his media aides, Reno Omokri, while debunking claims credited to Pastor Tunde Bakare that Buhari’s inability to appoint ministers was due to the empty treasury account he met on ground.
Omokri stated that Jonathan’s administration remains one of the most transparent governments in the nation’s history and challenged Bakare to disprove the figures he quoted below.
“The Jonathan administration left $2.07 billion in the Excess Crude Account when it handed over to the Buhari administration on May 29, 2015. This is an easily verifiable fact from both the Central Bank of Nigeria and is also available from other open sources”, Omokri stated.
“In addition to that, the Jonathan government left a foreign reserve of $29. 6 billion for the incoming government and $5.2 billion was left for the Buhari administration by way of dividend payments from the NLNG.
“Now, there is no way these huge amounts can be described as empty treasury. I challenge Pastor Tunde Bakare to disprove these figures I have given here or take me to court and I will embarrass him there and show him to be the liar that he is.”