President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it still owes Nigerians explanation on how it spent the huge resources that accrued to the country from oil sales between 1999 and 2014.
The president spoke while addressing the leadership of organised labour which came to felicitate with him on his electoral victory at state house, Abuja on Thursday.
Buhari said his government met a country with dilapidated infrastructure all round in 2015.
He also wondered what the previous ruling party did with the country’s earnings from oil, which reached a peak while in power for 16 years.
“PDP has not successfully explained to the country what they did with the money,” President Buhari said.
“There were no roads, no rail, no power. They said they spent $16 billion on power, but where is the power? The irresponsible expenditure of that period has not been explained, and Nigerians deserve an answer on that terrible mismanagement of the country.”
Buhari thanked the organised labour “for the support and patriotism you have shown during the presidential election, especially after the unexpected postponement.”
“You and your members stepped in to support willing Nigerians to exercise their civic and patriotic rights to vote. You intervened as patriots, and not for political, religious or tribal purposes. You simply did the right thing during a difficult period for many of us,” he added.
On the way forward for Nigeria, the president said his administration would continue pushing the “change agenda” and remain focused on our core pillars of security, economy, and fight against corruption.”
Buhari also called on the organised labour to work with his government to make the country peaceful, prosperous, and corruption free.