ECONOMICS  FACT-CHECK ON VICE PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO’S LACKLUSTER OUTING

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SO, after yesterday’s historic #2019Debates for Vice Presidential candidates, my friend and brother, Mayowa Tijani of the Cable, went to town with a fact-check which is still undergoing updating as at press time.

In case you don’t know, while I was the Editor of Eko Kopa, an in-house magazine for Lagos NYSC, our own Mayowa Tijani was a co-Editor.

So, everything he subbed still passed through my desk before we went to press those hey days. The rest they say is history.

Well, Yours Truly, has gone through the now viral Fact-Check penned by our own Mayowa Tijani that some of our friends who mull CONTINUITY for a government that promised us a 10% GDP growth in 2014/2015, even when we were doing a 6-7% GDP growth, but have FAILED, giving us a pathetic 1.81% GDP growth in 2018, are sharing BECAUSE it suits what their ears are aching to hear.

Truth be told, just a very microscopic part of the data reeled out, AD LIB (without papers or ipad), by the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday, were not exact. They can best be passed off as MERE DISCREPANCIES.

For instance, Obi SCHOOLED Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that their administration’s continued payment of trillions of naira on oil subsidy was an ANATHEMA, citing that it was unsustainable as Nigeria has 3million cars. Obi cited 3million cars instead of 11million.

And just for this mere statistical discrepancy spotted by our own Mayowa Tijani, our friends and dyed-in-the-wool supporters of this FAILED Buhari-Osinbajo government went about town calling Peter Obi a LIAR?

Our friends threw caution to the wind, jettisoning all the achievements of Mr. Peter Obi as Governor of our own Anambra State, one of which was taking Anambra from 22nd in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to 1st.

Anambra since 2013 has been shuttling between 1st and 2nd in WASSCE RANKING. Big Thanks to the indelible investments of Obi in Anambra’s Education, as till date, Anambra is still reaping the FRUITS since 2013 that Obi left office.

Another landmark achievement which was being one of the only Governors in Nigeria, who left NO DEBT to his state when leaving office in 2013. I can go on and on.

Fact remains that the Fact-Check done by my friend and brother Mayowa Tijani was one hurriedly cooked for Online Traffic for his medium. I have no problem with that. After all, the Americans will say, “You put your money where your mouth is.”

Online profit must be made, so, Mayowa did a fact-check that majorly centred on Peter Obi, jettisoning to FACT-CHECK the many LIES told by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday.

LET ME HELP OUT:

1. Professor Yemi Osinbajo on August 25, 2016, told Nigerians that the Buhari government had saved a whopping N1.4trillion by not paying fuel subsidy.

Always denying publicly that the Buhari Presidency was paying any dime for fuel subsidy, Osinbajo on December 15, 2016, again told Nigerians that removing fuel subsidy helped the Buhari government offset a burden of N15billion a month.

FACT CHECK

Obi raised the issue of the secret unsustainable trillions of naira paid by the Buhari government in oil subsidy and Osinbajo for the first time came out open accepting that YES, oil subsidies are still being paid by their government.

But in defending the illegal payments, which his principal, Buhari, in 2011 said “OIL SUBSIDY was a SCAM,” Osinbajo said “Petrol will sell for N220 or higher if we remove oil subsidy.” LIES FROM THE PIT OF HELL.

I have written about this subsidy scam and the scam of selling petrol to Nigerians at a pump price of N145/litre by this government, even when oil prices dipped at the global market, warranting a slash in pump price. So, needless over-flogging the dead horse.

Here was a government which met petrol at a pump price of N87/litre, hiked the price to N145/litre since 2016, telling Nigerians the PRICE HIKE became necessary as Fuel Subsidy has been REMOVED.

But with Osinbajo’s submissions yesterday, on oil subsidy payment running into trillions of naira, it appears Nigerians have been LIED TO for too long. TUFIAKWA!

So, Buhari-Osinbajo Presidency has been playing games with Nigerians?

Is this not worth a FACT-CHECK?

2. Osinbajo claimed that for 16years, the PDP didn’t build ANY INFRASTRUCTURE across Nigeria.

FACT CHECK

Really? Among many other infrastructural projects, the PDP government of former President Goodluck Jonathan built the Abuja-Kaduna railway, commissioned recently by the Buhari government; built over 12 universities across the six geo-political zones, built hundreds of Almajiri schools to tackle the incidences of out of school children, particularly in the North.

Unfortunately, this FAILED government of Buhari-Osinbajo for political naivety ABANDONED the Almajiri schools to be outgrown with grasses. Almost four years after, Nigeria’s out of school children put at 10.5million in 2015 is now about 13.2million.

Is this not worth a FACT-CHECK?

3. Osinbajo said that the Buhari government has built 6 ICT HUBS across the six geo-political zones of the country.

FACT CHECK

Discerning Nigerians are asking, WHERE ARE THE ICT HUBS SITED?

Is this not worth a FACT-CHECK?

4. Osinbajo said Fertilizer price has been brought down from N10,000 to N6,000.

FACT CHECK

Really? In 2015, a bag of Fertilizer sold for N3,500. So, where is the price crash?

Is this not worth a FACT CHECK?

5. Osinbajo said Nigeria’s GDP is growing under Buhari.

FACT CHECK

Really? Growing at 1.81%?

When Nigeria under former President Goodluck Jonathan was doing a GDP real growth of 6-7% in 2014, Osinbajo, his boss and party- the APC, among other Highfalutin Promises, told Nigerians that if voted in in 2015, they will do a 10% annual GDP growth.

Four years down the line, we are no where near 10% GDP growth.

Meeting with the 36 State Governors the other day, Buhari confessed that Nigeria’s economy is in BAD SHAPE, saying Nigerians should guard their loins for harder days ahead.

This is exactly what discerning minds like us have been saying since 2015 but called UNPRINTABLE names by BUHARIDEENS and BUHARISTS alike.

Is this not worth a FACT CHECK?

6. Osinbajo said 90% of rice consumed in Nigeria are locally produced.

FACT CHECK

HELL NO! Nigeria imported three million metric tonnes of rice in 2018, which is 400,000 metric tonnes more than the quantity of the product imported in 2017, according to the 2018 United States Department of Agriculture World Markets and Trade Report.

The report also stated that Nigeria’s local rice production dropped from 2016 to 2018 compared to 2015.

The report is contrary to several claims by the Nigerian government that local rice production has increased while importation has dropped by up to 90%.

The report, released in October 2018, showed that since 2016, Nigeria had consistently milled 3,780,000 metric tonnes annually – a drop from 3,941,000 metric tonnes recorded in 2015.

It also stated that Nigeria recorded a higher consumption of rice in 2018 at 6,900,000 metric tonnes – an increase of 200,000 metric tonnes over the previous year.

Is this not worth a FACT-CHECK?

I can go on and on…

#Salute

Ikenna Asomba is a Journalist and Social Commentator.

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