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Presidency drag Jonathan into loan saga

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By Our Correspondent

Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Bashir Ahmad has furthered recent claims by The Federal Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that the previous administration of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, had also obtained loans from named Chinese banks.

Mr Ahmad made this claim on his Tweeter page which he tagged “Fact check” after which he shared a news article from ‘The Cable’ which documents an admission made by Goodluck Jonathan’s former aide, Reno Omokri, that the former President indeed obtained loans from China, particularly the sum of $500m from the Exim bank of China in 2011 to finance the Abuja-Kaduna rail project.

Only recently, shocking details has emerged of a loan obtained by President Muhammadu Buhari Administration from the Export-Import bank of China in 2018, which includes a clause surrendering Nigeria’s sovereignty to the China, sparking widespread criticism and a possible probe by the National Assembly.

In an attempt to weather the storm and deflect attention from the bone of contention, former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi came out and dragged former President Goodluck Jonathan into the conversation, claiming that the former number 1 citizen had also obtained loans from the Chinese.

It appears the Presidency are now leaning towards this narrative which is geared towards dappling a fair share of the blame to the outgone PDP government.

FACT CHECK: Amaechi, Jonathan and Chinese loans — separating fact from fiction. CONCLUSION: Indeed, Jonathan took loans from China to finance projects.