October 2nd, 2016

Today is a Sunday and I swear to God, I am tired! I am tired of a president who lies without flinching.

I am tired of a government that is constantly lying to its citizens without repulsion.

Here are some of the lies in President Muhammadu Buhari’s independence day speech spotted by a former presidential aide in a previous administration.

An Analysis of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Lies in the 56th Independence Day Anniversary Broadcast

These are the preliminary list of lies from President Buhari’s 2016 Independence Day Speech. More may be exposed as I detect them.

President Buhari lied when he said only ₦400 million was voted for housing in 2014. A total of ₦12,888,821,003 was allocated.

Even the salary of the staff of the housing ministry is above ₦400 million. President Buhari should be above lying.

President Buhari lied when he said Nigeria was ‘a pariah’ under President Goodluck Jonathan. Then British Prime Minister, David Cameron and incumbent German Chancellor, Angela Merkel do not visit pariah countries. They and many others visited Nigeria under Jonathan.

President Buhari lied by saying ‘Investors from all over are falling over themselves to come do business in Nigeria’. The reverse is true. According to Bloomberg, the divestment of foreign investors from Nigeria is unprecedented. Not only are foreign investors fleeing Nigeria faster than jets (an exaggeration on my part to demonstrate pun as airlines use jets) no fewer than 5 foreign airlines have left Nigeria. Don’t take my word for it. Google it yourself.

President Buhari lied when he said only ₦12 billion went to roads in 2015. Between 2014 and 2015 SURE-P Government intervention spent over ₦70 billion on roads. Please again Google this by yourself.

President Buhari did not say the whole truth when he claims to have generated 5000MWs. He conveniently forgot to mention that those power stations were built by Jonathan and other PDP leaders. President Buhari has not built even one station. This is sheer dishonesty!

President Buhari lied when he claimed ‘nothing was saved during years of prosperity’. He inherited over $30 Billion in reserves and savings from Jonathan.

As President Buhari was busy condemning Jonathan he didn’t tell you he borrowed ₦2.2 Trillion in a year. That’s the only major area of the economy where he beats Jonathan.

In conclusion, President Buhari’s Independence Day speech contained so many lies, exaggerations and inaccuracies. Need I remind the President that lying is corruption! #PMBIndependenceLie – END!

How can Nigerians let these lies go on?

Reno Omokri is a public affairs analyst. He can be reached on Facebook.



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