A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has said that 1999 and 2007, when Olusegun Obasanjo was president, were periods of national restoration.
Atiku said that between periods, Nigeria paid off its external debts and maintained an unprecedented 6 percent annual growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The former vice president was responding to President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim in his Independence Day speech that previous governments from 1999 to 2015 nearly destroyed the country.
Buhari had said: “No government in the past did what we are doing with such limited resources. We’ve managed to keep things going despite disproportionate spending on security. Those in previous governments from 1999 to 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country now have the gall to attempt to criticize our efforts. ”
But Atiku, in a post on Friday on his Twitter account, @atiku, responded: “Between 1999 and 2007, Nigeria paid off all of its foreign debt while maintaining unprecedented annual GDP growth of 6%. They were periods of national restoration and I am very proud of the work that President Obasanjo and I did for this nation that we care so much about. The facts don’t lie. ”