SENATOR SHEHU Sani has accused former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Charles Soludo, of formatting poor monetary policies for Nigeria as head of the apex, stating that he cannot proffer solutions to Nigeria’s economic woes, which he largely created. The senator was reacting to Soludo’s advice to President Muhammadu Buhari on what his administration needs to do to salvage Nigeria’s economy. The former CBN governor, who spoke on Thursday at the fourth lecture series of the Progressives Governors’ Forum in Kaduna, had advised, “The APC should go back to its manifesto and instigate framework that will engender the atmosphere for growth as Nigeria cannot develop with the current structure where institutions are created only to share from the federation account.” He said it was better Buhari’s administration started thinking outside the box, rather than continue to blame the past government for the nation’s economic problems. On the current administration’s fight against corruption, the former CBN governor said, “I don’t believe the way we are fighting corruption is the way we should go about it. We are only fighting corruption on the surface; we have to fight it from the systemic level.” But Mr. Sani, the All Progressives Congress senator, representing Kaduna Central, responded to Mr. Soludo’s advice, by saying that it would be too early to forget that his (Soludo’s) stewardship at the CBN was the foundation of the current economic crisis in Nigeria. The senator, in an email sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Friday, said Mr. Soludo was entitled to his opinion, but that it was good to remind him of the role he played in bringing down the country’s economy. “If Soludo and his Government had actually implemented such lofty ideas of reforms, we couldn’t have found ourselves where we are today,” Mr. Sani said. “It’s too early to forget the legacy of cronyism, elitism and vindictiveness that occasioned the past administrations. “Soludo was lucky to serve under a Government that was powered by $140 per barrel and without the headache, heartache and bloodshed that has become of Niger Delta and the North East. “Soludo need to be reminded that most of those today on trial for stealing our public funds were the same people rooted in the Government he served before GEJ. Yes, PMB is tackling the ‘symptoms of corruption,’ but the symptoms were there for 16 years. “If Soludo and others have combated the symptoms, PMB could have now focused on the ailment. It’s not in contention that blame game by the PMB administration against GEJ must end but under PDP three Governments for 16 years, hardly a day passed without the same blame game on late Abacha.” Mr. Sani also attacked the APC governors for inviting the former CBN governor to speak at the lecture series. “Those who invited Soludo did that to rubbish PMB’s economic policies that they don’t have the balls to do. What is the reason and the logic behind APC chieftains inviting a PDP economist to lecture them on the economy? The very party they consistently deride for ruining this country for ‘16 years’?”
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