Nigeria’s former president, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, is vacationing in Los Angeles, California, according to SaharaReporters sources.
The former President, who was defeated in the nation’s presidential election held on March 28, left Nigerian shores shortly afterwards to spend some time in London, United Kingdom.
He then quietly left London to enjoy some vacation time in the United States. In previous visits to the United States as Nigeria’s leader, he was known for luxury living, in one instance in New York taking the $10,000 per night presidential suite of the Pierre Hotel near Central Park for several days.
It is not known how long the former President intends to be away, or what other places he may be planning to enjoy his time.
Meanwhile, the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that Mr. Jonathan and his cronies had badly mismanaged the Nigerian economy, leaving an empty treasury and huge debts for his administration.
In an interview with the Daily Trust on Sunday, Ahmed Joda, a retired permanent secretary, who chaired President Muhammadu Buhari’s Transition Committee, cried out about the terrible shape his committee found the economy, saying the country has been overrun by corruption.
“There is no department, no ministry that can be said to be free of corruption,” Mr. Joda lamented. “There is nowhere that fraud does not take place on a daily basis. It has become embedded in the minds of the people because the rule books have been thrown away and everybody is doing what they like. Nobody follows the rules anymore.”
He stated that in the course of the assignment, he often wondered what would have become of Nigeria if the PDP and Mr. Jonathan had actually won re-election, given that they had already run everything into the ground.
In a meeting with state governors in Abuja today, an angry Buhari vowed to recover in the next three months billions of dollars stolen by officials of the preceding government.