Presidency Angry At UK Lawmaker For Asking Investors To Be Cautious Of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari’s men are not happy with a UK lawmaker who is asking investors not to come to Nigeria to do business.
The UK lawmaker, Priti Patel who was the former UK secretary of state for international development wrote a newspaper article in a London Newspaper advising investors to be cautious about doing business in Nigeria.
She accused President Muhammadu Buhari of cancelling a “compensation settlement” after the Nigerian government reneged on a natural gas development refinery contract with Irish firm, Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).
The lawmaker also said the Nigerian government flouts international law, refuses to respect court decisions, adding that “there has been no reduction in corruption since Buhari took office”.
But reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, described Patel’s claims as a “wicked proposition” which is “lacking in substance and devoid of merit in empirical evidence established by facts”.
“Her claim to the effect that despite the President’s public anti-corruption platform, Nigeria has not seen any reduction in corruption since Buhari took office, trumpeting a so-called Transparency International report is a false fabrication that cannot be supported by the facts on the ground.
“By the time President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in and took office, the only amount in the anti-corruption recovery account over 16 years of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP was only two billion Naira.
“This account has succeeded in netting over four hundred billion Naira as of today, translating to 1,360 percent increase. This cannot amount to nothing in terms of progress,” Garba Shehu’s statement said.
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