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Revisiting The Lies They Told You About Dr. Goodluck Jonathan  – Reno Omokri

If some Nigerians can stop being emotional and historical revisionists and just look at the data, they will see without a shadow of a doubt that Goodluck Jonathan was their best President ever.

I am not saying he was the bravest President or had the most clout. No. He was not a military dictator or a fascist civilian leader, who bent the rules to suit himself. And he was very tolerant. Perhaps even too trusting.

But in terms of delivering on the progress of Nigeria, he outperformed every other Nigerian President or leader before or after him.

And when Nigerians allowed themselves to be manipulated against him by the sleek PR machine that sold their worst punishment (Muhammadu Buhari) to them as their best medicine, the man did not put up a fight. He simply left the power, to the shock of people like Rotimi Amaechi, who was preparing for violence, and left the scene for Otuoke.

Now, let us consider some facts:

In security, according to the Global Peace Index, Nigeria was more peaceful under Jonathan.

In the economy, under Jonathan in 2014-2015, Nigeria was the third fastest growing economy in the world after China and Qatar, according to the World Bank, the IMF and CNNMoney, with a GDP growth of above 6%.

In agriculture, the first and only time Nigeria significantly rolled back hunger was under Jonathan in 2013, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.

On the Human Development Index, according to the United Nations Development Programme, Nigeria made her best performance in increasing life expectancy under Jonathan, when the average life span in Nigeria increased from 47 to 52. An addition of five years per individual.

In Foreign Direct Investment, the Jonathan administration gave Nigeria an unprecedented GDP growth of 6.67% in 2013 and 6.31% in 2014 because of their policies that promoted foreign direct investment and free trade, to the extent that under Jonathan, Nigeria was the top FDI destination in Africa, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

On world standing, Nigeria became Africa’s largest economy after our economy was rebased in 2014. The rebasing saw Nigeria’s GDP grow from ₦42.3tn in 2013 to ₦80.3tn, equivalent to $509.9 Billion. In eight wasteful years of Buhari, $100 billion of that amount was wiped out.

In terms of infrastructure, Nigeria initiated, started and completed her single largest infrastructure in its history when the Jonathan government delivered the super-fast 187-kilometre Abuja-Kaduna railway.

In education, Dr. Jonathan built 14 new Federal Universities and 165 almajiri schools, mainly in Northern Nigeria.

In youth development, he gave grants of $50,000 to 3,600 youths to start or expand businesses via the YouWIN program.

Finally, under then President Jonathan, Nigeria made her best ever improvement on the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index till date in 2014, moving from 144 the previous year to 136, an 8 point improvement.

No other administration before then achieved that feat, and no other government afterwards has repeated it.

You may also recall that on February 1, 2021, Transparency International’s most recent Corruption Perception Index revealed that Nigeria is more corrupt today than it was under the previous administration, having moved 13 places backwards in the CPI, from 136 in 2014 to 149 in 2021 (our worst performance ever).

So, please, I would not tolerate revisionists trying to spin history and repeat the lies that people like Tolu Ogunlesi, Nasir El-Rufai, Omoyele Sowore, David Axelrod, Chude Jideonwu, Pastor Tunde Bakare, and Lai Mohammed, amongst others, used to railroad that administration.

The reason why Nigeria went through eight years of hell was because of these characters, who sold their conscience to the devil and used their writing to destroy a man who did and meant well for Nigeria.

Reno Omokri