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Oshiomhole Gives Run-Down Of Terrible Economic Situation Tinubu Inherited 

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole | Photo credit: Premium Times
Former Governor of Edo State, now a Senator, Adams Oshiomhole has detailed the “terrible economic situation” inherited by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He said: “the government (of Tinubu) inherited a terrible economic situation.  Everybody knows it.”
Answering questions from newsmen today, August 15, shortly after an audience with Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Presidential villa, Abuja, Senator Oshiomhole said that Tinubu’s government inherited an economy in which the country’s total national revenue was barely enough to service it debt burden, “spending 96 percent, which is to say that every N100 Nigerian earn, 96,000 is going to repay debts, to service debt.
“So, you have only 4,000 left to pay all the salaries. So, nothing can be worse.”
Senator Oshiomhole said that Tinubu and his team came in office, determined that they will have to do business unusual; to arrest the drift; stabilize the economy and then begin to move forward.
“Some painful decisions are necessary.  It is like any of us that has been unfortunate to have an ailment that requires surgery.
“If you want to pretend, you can be applying Vaseline, perfumes, creams and wear babariga to cover all the manifestations of that disease.
“But a trained doctor that believes in the ethics of medicine will tell you that you need a surgery. Surgery will be painful in the short run.
“They will give you a little bit of pain relief, but they only relief the pain. They won’t cure the disease.  You need surgery and they wheel you to theatre.
“It might take three months, six months, but when you recover from that surgery and you bounce back; and you obey all the rules of the game, some of which may require a new way of life; it may require change of lifestyle.  “You’ll be back and you find out that you can do a relay race because you are fit.
“I think that is the kind of analogy we can draw in terms of where we are now.”
He said that already, the president and vice president have shown courage in terms of the decisions they have taken, which is a radical movement away “from one in which if you are well connected you could make billions without adding value to one in which if you want to make money you have to work.
“We have moved away from a situation where CBN can favour you and you become a billionaire or they can pauperize you and your business collapses.
“Yes, it has created its own challenges, but I don’t know of any drug without side effect.  “Doctors will always tell you that every drug might cure your ailment but it will have a side effect.  “So, in taking it you have to do cost and benefit analysis.
“On the whole, I believe that the broad economic, specific macro economic policies that have been put in place so far, both in terms of monetary policies and in terms of fiscal policies, is the best way to start.”
He recalled when recently, in the life of ex President Muhammadu Buhari, a minister of finance distanced herself from the monetary policies of a CBN Governor and they were not talking.
“If the hand and the leg are not walking in harmony, then there is no way you can get to your destination.
“So, I think we are in a better situation now.  But my plea to Nigerians is, when I say I will bail you out, I will fix a complicated system that is malfunctioning, I believe everyone knows that the more terrible the situation is, the more time I will require to take the right decision.
“Given the paucity of data and all the other basic infrastructure you need to take some quick decisions are not present, but decision has to be taken.
“When I was a governor I did the same thing. I said, let me use my first six months to take the first decisions.
“I might lose few friends in the process but when those decisions begin to manifest and translate to benefits I will regain, not just the friends I have lost, I will definitely win more friends.
“That’s what happened in Edo and by the time I was running for my second term, I got more votes than I got in my first term because some of the difficult decisions I took in my first term came to fruition.
“So, there is no quick fix and there is no miracle in the life of nation states.
“As they say, leaders and statesmen think of tomorrow, the short-sighted politicians think of what is politically convenient.
“I’m convinced that Nigeria is in safe hands.”

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