Nollywood movie producer, Dickson Iroegbu has come out publicly to ask former President Goodluck Jonathan to forgive him and others for ganging up against his government when he attempted to remove oil subsidy.
He says in his open letter “Dear Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, I write to apologize on behalf of myself and the many repentant Nigerians like me
who ganged up against your government in 2012. Your government’s policy to remove subsidy on the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as patrol was completely misconstrued by us.”
He reveals “I was personally deceived by my overzealous comradely towards millions of Nigerians who had traveled to various locations at that time to spend Christmas with their loved ones. I was particularly concerned about NDIIGBO who traditionally returned home in droves during this period every year.”
He added “Sir, like millions of Nigerians I worked for your victory at the polls in 2011, but I considered the untoward hardship the removal of subsidy on the 1st of January 2012 as insensitive. It was simply seen as going to inflict serious hardship on the millions who voted you to power; hence we arose against it.
He continued”…Sir, the economy that flourished under your watch as President which positioned us as number one economy in Africa and one of 25 fastest growing economies in the world is now at its lowest ebb in just one year of misrule. In just one year of your exit Nigeria our beloved country has become a shadow of herself! The picture is so gloomy, inflation rate is so high! The masses cannot even put food on their tables, darkness everywhere, electricity generation is at all time very lowest – killings and maiming, evil looms; our nation Nigeria is under attack!