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On the 1st of January 2018, after President Muhammadu Buhari boasted that his government had attained a record of generating 7,000 megawatts of electricity, I responded with verifiable evidence proving that the President lied.

Reno and Buhari
Reno and Buhari

At that time, I said “And then the man goes on to lie that power generation has ramped up to 7,000 megawatts (MW) forgetting that previous administrations before him set up the Nigerian Electricity System Operator which is statutorily required to publish the verifiable amount of power generated in Nigeria.

Now, according to the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, the amount of power generated in Nigeria is 4,108MW. I deal in facts and I have an unimpeachable reputation for the facts. If any member of the Buhari administration can contradict the data from their own government agency, Nigerian Electricity System Operator, I make a public vow to apologize to President Buhari in a full page advertisement in a nationally read newspaper.

The fact is that President Muhammadu Buhari lied!”

Thankfully, ‪two weeks after President Buhari lied that power supply had increased to 7,000 MWs, The Spectator Index, the world’s top social and economic monitor, has published its annual findings showing that Nigeria generates only 3,851 MWs, which is the second worst in the world.

Even Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, generated more power per capita than Nigeria. To put things in perspective, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake which destroyed much of their power infrastructure almost exactly 8 years ago on January 12, 2010. Yet that tiny island nation still managed to beat Nigeria in electricity generation.

The only country in the world that Nigeria fared better than is war torn Yemen.

I did say the President was lying and gave figures from the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry which supports what the Spectator Index has now revealed.

The Buhari administration has not built any new power plant or transmission lines. The last three power plants completed in Nigeria were either built or completed by the Jonathan administration that President Buhari said did “nothing” in infrastructure.

Former President Jonathan completed and commissioned the 750 MW Olorunsogo II Power Station in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State on February 20, 2015. He commissioned the 500mw Omotosho II Power Station in Ondo state on October 19, 2013 and commissioned the 434 Megawatts Geregu II Power Station in Ajaokuta, Kogi State on October 4, 2013.

My question to the Buhari administration is which power station had President Buhari Commissioned in almost three years of being in power?

So why does the Buhari administration continue to lie about their achievements? Because they called Jonathan clueless and they are now too ashamed to admit that they have performed worse than that government.

I therefore call on the Buhari administration to admit that the President lied in his New Year address to the nation and to commit to be truthful to the Nigerian nation henceforth.

Reno Omokri

Number One Bestselling author of Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies

 

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