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Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has alleged that Nigeria went into recession under former President Goodluck Jonathan but that the government only covered it up by saying it was cash-strapped.

The minister, who spoke on The Osasu Show, said Okonjo-Iweala begged him to stop saying Nigeria was broke at the time.

Amaechi, who was then the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), said the economy went into a recession due to excessive borrowing.

When asked about the recession of the Nigerian economy, Amaechi said: "People just pick up words without knowing what words mean. Even under Goodluck we went into recession".
"I am one of those who participated in the budget. We looked at what happened in the past and we discovered that actually if recession means three times (three quarters of negative economic growth), we have done more than the three times before we came in," he said.

"The difference is that while our government is transparent and open, we are able to admit that, federal government was saying even to me as chairman of governor's forum, 'Amaechi, don't say that again'.
"If you remember as Governor, I said we're broke. The minister for finance came to my office in Abuja here and pleaded with me that I shouldn't say it again.
"That if I said it, it would affect Nigeria in terms of investment that investors will run away. That I shouldn't say we are broke. I should say we are cashed strapped. That was what Ngozi Okonjo Iweala told me."
"So I knew as chairman of Governor's forum, that we had gone into recession under Goodluck. I knew as chairman of governor's forum. And when I open my mouth to say it, that we are broke, she spoke to me not to say it."

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  • Date: Aug 03, 2016

Ameachi, you again!

First it was falsely accusing her of mismanaging national funds. Now she begged you not to say that Nigeria was broke. How preposterous! Nothing coud be farther from the truth!

  • Date: Aug 03, 2016

Amechi of all people would be the one that will be making these allegations? Amechi should hide his head in shame knowing the kind of plunge they have put Nigeria into. Now Nigeria is struggling and all he can do is put the blame on Jonathan's administration. Okonjo Iweala will never do such and if this  is another trick to distract Nigeria it ill not work.

  • Date: Aug 03, 2016

I don't know who made you an economist Amechi" . An economic illiterate does not know that when the chairman of the Governors' Forum says his country that is not in recession is broke, he is sending negative signals and demarketing the country. 

  • Date: Aug 03, 2016

[font=Tahoma","sans-serif]Out of  Amaechi's foolishness, he has not only exposed how shallow this administration is, he has also succeeded in stamping their cluelessness as to how a country's economy should be run. This is not the type of hope Nigerians desire to see from a government who promised change and restoration.[/font]

  • Date: Aug 03, 2016

[font=Tahoma","sans-serif]Nigeria is presently going through difficult times to restore her economy and all a whole Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can do is to compound our issues. In brother Amaechi's mind, he is expecting to get accolades, awards and perhaps contracts for disclosing this cock and bull story, how stupid can you be; it is such a shame![/font]