By Kayode Sesan
Governor Adams Oshiomhole told reporters in Abuja on Monday that the Nigerian delegation to the recent four days trip to the United States was told that a minister who served under the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, stole $6 billion.
The Governor who was part of the official delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari however failed to name the minister.
The Edo State Governor spoke in response to criticisms by the opposition PDP that the trip was fruitless in a chat with reporters at Aso Rock presidential villa.
“We have moved away from a president that doesn’t seem to know his powers to one that understands that he is a president of the country in the continent,” Oshiomhole who spoke in company of Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu said.
The Edo and Kebbi State governor were in the presidential villa as members of the APC governors’ forum to brief President Buhari on the outcome of a discussion held with APC Senators Sunday.
“PDP destroyed the country- I mean from the lips of American officials; senior officials of the state department. They said one minister under PDP cornered as much as $6billion, and the man said even by Washington standard that is earth-quaking,” he said.
According to him, Nigerians were being very patient with the PDP, otherwise people would have been “stoning” anyone carrying the badge of the party.
The Edo State Governor also accused PDP of plundering the country and destroying key institutions like the military, converted the Nigeria Television Authority to a party megaphone, destroyed and even compromised student unions.
“We are a very patient people. If we were not a patient people, anybody wearing the tag of PDP ought to feel very unsafe because you are all victims- all of us here,” he said.
Oshiomole also claimed American officials described former President Jonathan as somebody who did not know what the issues were, leaving others outside the country “frustrated”.
Specifically, Oshiomole recalled that John Carson, US Assistant Secretary of State had told the Buhari delegation of US frustrations with the administration of former President Jonathan last week.
“Now last week, this same Carson cheered the president’s address at the Institute of Peace. And he said ‘we now have a man of enormous integrity; one that has shown so much faith in the democratic process; one that refused to be frustrated even in the face of massively rigged elections,” said the Edo State Governor.