Fresh Cracks as Buhari's Ex-Aide Knocks Tinubu, Details Emerge

Fresh Cracks as Buhari's Ex-Aide Knocks Tinubu, Details Emerge

  • Former president Muhammadu Buhari's appointee, Lauretta Onochie, has knocked President Bola Tinubu
  • Onochie accused the Tinubu administration of lacking continuity as she asked about the status of the popular Lake Rice, Ebonyi Rice and others
  • Lake rice was first introduced in 2016 following the agricultural revolution started by the Buhari administration soon after getting into office journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Asaba, Delta - President Bola Tinubu has again been knocked over the alleged failure of his administration to continue the legacies of his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.

Lauretta Onochie, a former aide to Buhari and erstwhile chairperson of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), took to her social media page and asked about different rice brands produced during her principal's administration.

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Lauretta Onochie/Bola Tinubu/Muhammadu Buhari/Lagos State/Kebbi/Lake Rice/Ebonyi Rice
Onochie knocks Tinubu over failure to sustain Buhari's legacy Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lauretta Onochie, Muhammadu Buhari
Source: Twitter

Why Onochie attacked Tinubu's government

In a tweet on Monday, February 12, the Niger Delta-born politician accused the present administration led by Tinubu of lacking continuity.

The tweet reads:

"Why do we shun continuity? What happened to Lake Rice, Ebonyi rice, etc.?"

Tinubu vs Buhari: How Lake Rice disappeared

Lake rice was one of the revolutionary ideas developed from Buhari's agricultural policy. It was a product of the collaboration between the Lagos and Kebbi state governments.

The rice was first produced in 2016 during the administration of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and his counterparts in Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.

According to The Guardian, the rice became conspicuously absent during the 2020 lockdown period in Lagos.

Two years after its commencement, the rice went off the market following a memorandum of understanding for mass production and distribution signed by the government. The issue was left unaddressed till Ambode left office on May 29.

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Tinubu removes Lauretta Onochie as NDDC boss earlier reported that Tinubu reshuffled the governing board of the NDDC and appointed Chiedu Ebie as the new chairman and 16 other board members.

Buhari appointed Onochie to head the NDDC during his time in office.

Ebie is an ally of the former governor James Ibori and served as SSG of the immediate past governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. He was suspended from the PDP in May 2023.


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