Tinubu Administration Won’t Blame Buhari for Challenges – Shettima

Vice-President Kashim Shettima has said that the President Bola Tinubu administration will not blame former President Muhammadu Buhari for the difficulties it faced upon assuming office.

This was as he mentioned that leading in a political capacity in Nigeria during this period is particularly challenging given the current issues the country is experiencing.

Shettima stated this during the second Chronicle Roundtable organized by the 21st Century Chronicle.

He said, “The president chose the option that will save the lives of the people instead of the ones that will lead to the prolong the economic death. We will not resort to put the blame on previous administration as leadership is about courage, continuity.”

“Before we took charge, the biggest elephant in the room was about fuel subsidy removal. It was an albatross round the neck of the nation for the past 20 to 30 years. We understood why our predecessor decided to remove subsidy because there were no sufficient budget for it in the fiscal year.

“A year before we took office, Nigeria’s debt service to revenue ratio had grown to 111.18 percent. It was an economic death sentence. To be plain to us, our debt service was that if you earn N100,000, you are forced to borrow an additional N11,800 to pay the debtor. How do we intend to survive this? It will be long before we become a pariah.”

“We have to jettison the subsidy regime, it was a bitter pill to swallow but we had to do it.”

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