Between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria was getting 2.1 million barrels per day at average cost of $100 per barrel. It went up to $143. So Nigeria was earning 2.1m million times 100 times 16 years.
When we came, it collapsed to $37-38 and it was oscillating between 40 and 54 sometimes. I went to the Governor of Central Bank; thank goodness I did not sack him; he is still there!
I went with my cap in my hand but there were no savings, only debt. And you know more than I do, the condition of the roads and some of them were not repaired since PTF days.
No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on… On top of other things in the institution, education, medical care and so on.
And now we have to pay the debts and this year and last year’s budgets were the highest in capital projects: more than N1.3trillion. Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly.
What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing? So, really, this country, luckily for me, I said it about 8 years ago that we have no other country than Nigeria, we should remain here and salvage it together.”