Former President Goodluck Jonathan has come out to refute allegations that he handed over a nation at the verge of collapse to his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari.
In their response to former President Olusegun Obasanjo who lambasted Buhari, saying the country has been drifting under his watch, the presidency has said the deterioration of the country started before President Buhari.
In his defence, Jonathan said he worked assiduously to make Nigeria a better place.
Former president Jonathan recounted the achievements of his government to include, handing over a country that produced the richest man in Africa.
He said: “I took over a Nigeria that was the second-largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009. I handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World with a GDP of $574 billion.
“I handed over the dollar exchange rate of N187 per Dollar official rate in our banks, compared to their N360 now the official rate for a Dollar.
“I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not working and handed over a Nigeria in which citizens can safely travel by trains again.
“I also inherited a country where the illiteracy rate particularly in the Northern part was alarming.”