Buhari’s government worsened corruption, chased off investors – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, not only worsened the level of corruption in Nigeria but also chased away investors by de-marketing Nigeria abroad.

According to the Punch, Jonathan added that rather than take Nigeria to the next level, the Buhari administration decided to engage in media trials which also worsened the corruption perception of Nigeria thereby leading to Nigeria’s slip in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.


The former President said this in his recently published book titled, ‘My Transition Hours’.

He said:

“The sundry accusations by the new administration will appear to have baited the media. Media trials are entertaining but have little or no effect in fighting corruption and improving the economy.

“Since I left office, rather than improve on our TI corruption perception record, the situation has worsened with the nation going 12 places backward, becoming number 148 according to the latest CPI ranking for 2014, from 136 in 2014 when I was President.

“It was bad enough that Boko Haram insurgency continued killing people and ruining businesses but what is worse is when politicians downgrade the economy by de-marketing the country internationally.”

The former President said the Buhari administration failed to realise that foreign investors are always very sensitive to the utterances of the government.

He said in the process of trying to dig a hole for him, the Buhari government ended up digging a hole for the nation.

Jonathan added:

“You should never try to slander your political opponent by destroying your country’s economy. Capital flight intensified and companies started laying off staff. In all this, I hope a lesson will be learned. If you embark on digging a hole for your enemy, you better make it shallow because you might end up in the hole yourself.

“How do you attract investors you already repelled through your utterances? Investors are an ultrasensitive lot. Money runs away from unstable societies.”

110 Comments

  1. Well said sir. Buhari’s govt did not help the youth rather increased corruption. Young boys became Yahoo boys, kidnappers, young girls sleeps around with men. Too many things went wrong because no job. Money indeed run away from an unstable society

  2. God will help us in this Nigeria. He has made everything hard for the poor, investors won’t come because he said that the youths are lazy and so many other speech that he didn’t suppose to utter

  3. Jonathan is right,the president used his mouth to destroy our image,instead of telling good about his people.

  4. And the accusations continue….with all due respect Sir, the country was no any better during ur tenure….#my opinion dou#

  5. Like seriously, you’ve said the truth, May God help us cos Mr President Don destroy everything, nothing for the youths

  6. Jonathan just said the truth that buhari’s government brought about the real corruption.

  7. That’s the truth and the people who voted him are reaping it now and some are planning to vote him again..

  8. The problem of Nigeria is us the Nigerians, when we sell our votes and choose wrong leaders. We only pray for divine intervention. You don’t wash your dirty linen outside. Whatever you call your dog, that’s what others will calls it. The time of blame is over. It’s time to right our wrongs.

  9. Your words are true. He’s approach to governance is a monumental failure. We hope future governments will be able to stair us out of this shame.

  10. I wont be biased, Buhari’s regime actually provided employment to the youth through Npower. Youth should encourage themselves with self employment and stop waiting for FG. Ignorance is not an excuse.

  11. Yeah my dear,good luck name really followed him,,he tried very thing to make his time of reign good,which he has achieved

  12. Words are like bullets, they say. Once shot can’t be retrieved. If buhari knew that the state of the nation will b worse than before he would have bn more careful with his words

  13. We have big problem in Nigeria only God can have mercy on us, the major problem of Nigeria is we people of nigeria, I mean the citizens of this country, when we sell our votes and choose wrong
    leaders. We only pray for divine intervention.
    You don’t wash your dirty linen outside.
    Whatever you call your dog, that’s what
    others will calls it. The time of blame is over. It’s time to right our wrongs. May God have mercy on us

  14. After saying Nigerian youth are lazy he expects investors to come into the country..Buhari did not try at all…
    But please jonathan stop all these sayings because yours was not better off

  15. There have been able lot in the office to battle because you people are also the spoilt the office you left

  16. Somehow formal president Goodluck was right, even the price of goods and petrol is higher now than Goodluck administration

  17. I agree with Jonathan on this, Buhari government made things worse, all what he did was criticizing the pass government

  18. That’s the truth of the matter.noted.I pray the economy go back to where it use to be.long live Nigeria..

  19. I stand with you,because when you look at inflation rate during ex president you will know,a lot of ceber crime,people looking for how to make money anyhow, a lot of corruption and embezzlement of fund with check and balance

  20. Buhari government did not fight corruption like promise but rather subjecting Nigeria to Economy torture and worsten the situation of Nigeria. We need a change of government and we pray that this time it will do us more favor than harm.

  21. True talk, Goodluck. President Buhari’s regime has seen an increase in corruption and crime rate and a very sharp decline in economic growth. May Nigeria take in breaths of fresh air with the next administration.

  22. The former president has said it all the corruption in these administration is do alarming while they said they are against it.

  23. Jonathan just hit the nail on the head… media trials was totally wrong from the inception and that has worsen corruption

  24. To me the buhari administration is better off, but those who he used as is cabinet are the ones slowing things down and it makes it look as if he isn’t working

  25. There is no doubt that the Nigerian economy has receded under Buhari, and come 2019, he will go back to Daura

  26. This saying by our former president is true because Nigeria is going backwards instead of moving forward. Corrupt leaders cannot fight corruption

  27. Jonathan is Right, he promised Nigerians that he is coming to fight corruption but instead he worsened the situation than it was before

  28. Very well said, people are now being advised not to invest in Nigeria as our economy doesn’t seem viable

  29. And Goodluck’s government that wasn’t full of corruption how many investors do we have . The little investors we had are based on corruption and looted funds . He has no point

  30. He’s right on this one. But who actually started the race? You point one finger at someone, the other four are being pointed at who? The problem of Nigeria is us the Nigerians, when we sell our votes and choose wrong leaders. We only pray for divine intervention. You don’t wash your dirty linen outside. Whatever you call your dog, that’s what others will calls it. The time of blame is over. It’s time to right our wrongs. Let’s work together to move our nation forward.

  31. Our Government are not doing our system well please let try and emulate other countries like Canada and the likes…. I know one day our Nigeria will be gr8

  32. The economy has already been destroyed, and corruption in its highest, so talking ont help the country i suggest fmr President jonathan should do his best with other well wishers of the country to try and revive the country

  33. You have said it all sir, yes that’s what our country is facing, all said on the fight against corruption has not been fulfilled at all rather things worsen

  34. You are right about this fighting corruption with opponent and corrupt people stick around his party yet he has not prosecute any can’t wait for 2019 to be here we need another leader I stand with Fela Durotoye

  35. Well spoken sir,D’s is d worst government ever
    Hardship at corruption everywhere.
    D’s s y we av to vote wisely next year.

  36. You are very very right, not like am in support of anyone, but things have really gone worst, no money poverty everywhere, all forms of bad news and evil doings

  37. You’re right to an extent but not totally right because right under your nose GEJ a whole mishaps where taking place and you were clueless how to handle it especially the mismanagement of funds.

  38. How did we get here
    This country needs to be sold while we go and find ourself another country where snakes cannot swallow millions

  39. @rachnifo, young boys have become yahoo boys b4 this government era. I really don’t know how buharis tenure has Increased corruption

  40. Well said sir. Buhari admistration is not something to write home about. Corruption is on increase. Nothing is moving as it should be compared when Jonathan was on seat.

  41. Please Mr President, may I remind you sir that it was during your tenure insurgency, Allison madueke and her sons looted Nigeria’s accumulated funds, fuel subsidy palava, just to mention a few started. People that live in glass house do not throw stones, you all are birds of a feather. We demand a change for progress regardless of the party.

  42. That’s true buhari is a beat that has no conscience his reign has killed so many people and caused Lot’s of problems but during good lucks time it wasn’t like that.

  43. So this man even had the gut to say this to nigerians not even shy of himself. Goodluck is the worst president I ever heard of. I dont pray for someone like you for nigeria

  44. This is truth talked, the rest of three and half years,this present administration keep on laying blame on past administration,

  45. I agree with you on that because things was normal when he took over from good luck but everything worsen with time

  46. Like they say the truth is bitter but sweeet,,ever since buhari bacame president nothing good has come out instead corruption became our leaders

  47. You make sense Sir, it’s appolling how far politicians could go just to persuade people to vote for them. All these are really affecting out country negativily .

  48. True talk,because when you are in power people where feeding well but now suffering everywhere and because of that corruption everywhere

  49. Jonathan should leave buhari alone, in his own regime, he also affected us negatively so why is everyone putting the blame on buhari always, that man is old for all of that.

  50. I support you jare Buhari’s govt worsened everything since he came to power ,Buhari government did not help the youth rather increased corruption.people are now venturing into kidnappers business, young girls sleeps around with men. Too many things went wrong because no job

  51. You aReally right Mr Gej. This people claim they are saints but more corrupt than any Nigerian can imagine. Almost 65% Nigerians have lost their jobs. I am a victim

  52. Jonathan is one of the best president Nigeria have had in recent times.
    This administration has moved us backwards big time.

  53. Very well said, this Is so true. Buhari government brought even more corruption. He didn’t do anything good for our great nation.

  54. Good point Mr Jonathan,the president adviser and his cabinets really dug a bug hole for the country. Hope things get better.

  55. You’ve spoken the truth sir, APC has offered us nothing but backwardness, why won’t the investors flee, who wants to run at a loss

  56. If buhari knew that the state of the nation will b worse than before he would have bn more careful with his words

  57. I’m si proud to say that you are one of the best president nigerians ever had . You have spoken absolutely nothing but the truth . You have said it as it is . Thank you sir

  58. Sincerely to me,the regime of h buhari is good and Mr President is really trying but the problem we are having are those people in his cabinet, I mean is co administrators they turn things upside down

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