Dr.Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s immediate past President has denied claims by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State that his government spent N64 billion to arrange Nigeria’s Independence celebrations for three years.
According to the El Rufai, Jonathan spent N13 billion in 2011, N15 billion in 2012 and N14 billion in 2013 and N22 billion in 2014, bringing the total to N64 billion.
However, Jonathan has denied the claim, saying the money spent was N332.6 million during the three-year period and reprimanded el-Rufai for deliberately lying to confuse the public and paint his administration badly
As reported by Vanguard, Jonathan responded yesterday in a statement in Abuja, through his former Minister of National Planning, Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, Jonathan said: “For the record, a breakdown of our anniversary spending between 2012 to 2014 amounted to N332.6 million.”
He described the huge figure as a figment of el-Rufai’s imagination and a fabricated lie by a favour-seeker.
“We challenge the Office of the Government of the Federation to publish these details for the consumption of the public.
“A breakdown of our spending for this event between 2012 and 2014 goes thus: 2012, N107.6 million; 2013, N45 million and 2014, 180 million. So, the question here is where did the billions, as claimed by el-Rufai, emanate from?”
He however said he did not have the figures for 2010 and 2011 but that it fell within the threshold of what was spent in the last three years.
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