You Failed Nigeria, Not My Generation, Fashola Tells Jonathan

“In 2011, it was no shoes, now he is saying they tried to kill him, it won’t work this time. This time it is the job record, the promise that you must look at”.


Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, disagreed with President Goodluck Jonathan over a recent statement by the president, that his generation has failed Nigeria.

“You [Jonathan] failed Nigeria because my generation did not fail this country,” said Fashola, while speaking at the 2015, First Quarter of the Town Hall meeting with stakeholders in the transportation sector held in Agidingbi, Ikeja.

The governor urged Jonathan to accept responsibility for his failure to address the challenges confronting the nation over the last six years of his administration rather than point accusing fingers to past leaders.

“Late President Musa Yar ‘Adua’s short tenure was better than that of this administration,” the governor claimed.

“He said his generation has failed, he should account for himself because I refuse to join the generation the President was referring to.

“He is in his 50s, I am also in my 50s, and we appear to be, because I don’t even want to join that generation because my own generation has not failed, I have done well on my job and I am proud to say so. If he has failed, let him account for himself, he should not join us,” Fashola said.

He described the Jonathan administration as “a failed government that has lost total focus. Seven years ago, they started with Vision 2020 but later they said that they are transforming. And all these have yielded no result. And that was why they have stopped working.

He also lamented that the security situation in the country, especially in the North-East and the Jonathan’s lack of direction to end the menace. “And rather than the President using the recent campaign in Lagos to gain the support of the citizens, the president was busy telling you they tried to kill him four years ago and we did not know. That is a serious national security issue because nobody wants our Commander in Chief dead. If anybody tries to kill him, we should have known. And if I was Commander in Chief, and the person who tries to kill me is in a South African jail, I will ask that he should be repatriated to Nigeria to come and face punishment.

“He also claimed that General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) didn’t buy arms in 1985. And after Buhari left office, the Nigeria army got recognition for their role in protecting West Africa and was the guns bought 30 years ago to be effective to fight today’s insurgency,” Fashola noted.