David-West Blasts Okonjo-Iweala, Says “Buhari Doesn’t Need Your Advice On Economy”

imageA former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West, has rubbished the counsel by Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on how president-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari can increase Nigeria’s revenue.
David-West, on Friday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said that Buhari is a highly experienced manager of the economy and thus, doesn’t need the advice of the former World Bank chief.
He said: “I read Okonjo-Iweala’s advice to Gen. Buhari on how to raise revenue with interest and amusement. I don’t think that Buhari needs any advice from her on the subject. He is not new on the terrain. He is a very knowledgeable person on how to move the economy forward. I don’t believe he needs advice from Okonjo-Iweala.
“When Buhari was in charge, oil was $30 per barrel. It even went down to $15 per barrel. Yet, he managed the economy very well. Oil price is now double that price and they are complaining that oil price has fallen.
“Buhari can manage the economy better than Okonjo-Iweala. He never took International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan neither did he flirt with IMF. He refused to devalue the Naira in spite of the problem the country was facing from different areas. $1.5 exchanged for N1. But during Okonjo-Iweala’s time, it is N190 to $1.image
“Finally, it was N2 to £1. During Okonjo-Iweala’s time, it is N240 to £1. Buhari did not import fuel; he was exporting whereas Okonjo-Iweala imports fuel with bogus subsidy running to trillions of Naira. And she has not been able to arrest anyone involved in subsidy scam let alone get a refund from any of them.
“Nigeria is the only country in the world where Okonjo-Iweala is the Finance Minister and coordinating the economy where provision is made for fraud in the annual budget by way of subsidy. So, Buhari does not need her advice.”

One thought on “David-West Blasts Okonjo-Iweala, Says “Buhari Doesn’t Need Your Advice On Economy”

  1. Thanks Mr. West for your usual frank comments.
    Okonjo-Nwela was made famous by President Obasanjo
    who recruited her because of her World bank pedigree. But
    they later fell out as she didn’t contribute significantly to the
    country’s economy.
    Where was she when blottted figures and inflated unrealistic
    Statistics are being realed out to declare Nigeria the best
    economy in Africa while milions are wallowing in abject porvety
    as the figures does not translate to bread on their tables.
    In fact a dollar is presently N220 & pound sterling N310.
    How did the President lift millions of dollars and billions
    of naira he was dishing out expecially in the South West
    to Obas, Groups, Associations, Societies and individuals
    to persuade them to canvas votes for him, which
    drastically devastated the economy. With no dollars for
    industries and businesses at the Central bank.
    I don’t want to write an epistle on her disdainful
    performance, but she should cover her face in
    shame and bow out as she has done enough
    damage to our economy.

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