Economic Growth Under Jonathan Was Fake – Olu Ajakaiye, World Bank Consultant

The president of Nigeria Economic Society and a World Bank consultant, Olu Ajakaiye has stated that the economic growth recorded from 2010 to 2014, under the leadership of Goodluck Jonathan, was fictitious in nature.

He further stated that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government and subsequent Nigerian governments must develop the country, even if it means stealing from other countries.

Ajakaiye, who was the keynote speaker at the 2017 edition of The Bullion Lecture organised by the Centre for Financial Journalism, said many first world nations have stolen their way to development.

Ajakaiye said the government must not leave development for the markets to handle, but combine all instruments, positions, variables and policies to drive growth and development.

“Let us therefore not be under any illusion and say the market will do it. They have to make sure they provide the market, whatever it takes, including stealing from other countries,” he said.

“The developed systems that we have now were as a result of resources taken from here, and they are ahead. Their government didn’t say we would be nice guys, we would not go and steal.

“They carried our people, young people, valuable people, and they now established the first world.”

Ajakaiye dissected Buhari’s economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP), and applauded it as a good plan, if properly implemented and funded according to targets.

The development economics specialist said the ERGP has set out 21 clear programmes, with 60 strategies and 365 key activities, which has been assigned to lead agencies across the public and private sectors.

He said N75.03 trillion will be needed to implement the plan, which runs from 2017 to 2020.

“When the economy was growing in a fictitious way — I regarded the growth of 2010 to 2014 as fictitious. Why is it fictitious? It is growth that is driven by government just deploying oil revenue into the economy.

The structure remained dis-articulated and we are actually deceiving ourselves in a very interesting way by saying the economy leaped-frog, we have now got to a stage where we are arrived, because in advanced countries, service sector is now dominant.

“They call it tertiarisation of the economy. Our economy was prematurely tertiarised, and this was the harbinger of poverty.

“I always tell people, when you go to Europe where their economy is already tertiarised, do you see anybody running after you in traffic to sell you recharge card? Do you see anybody hanging pure water in front of you? Do you see people running 140? That is our tertiarised service sector.”

He said government must pave the way for private sector players to fund the economic recovery and growth plan.


  1. Any economic plan that will take us out of this mess we are in is welcomed

  2. the expert has spoken,oga goodlucky what does you have to say about dis

  3. Hmm...

    Why are all these coming out now...

  4. Let him leave me with that spurious growth and take away this recession that's bringing death

  5. "Economic growth during Goodluck reign fictitious in nature " so said by olu. Now I can see vividly that Buhari regime is the most porous and have nothing to offer Nigerians but only to sit down and castigate people.

  6. Imagine! Dem dey deceive demselves not us..

  7. Those who know much about economy knew it but how can they define it?

  8. Oladimeji Seun13 April, 2017 19:29

    Na true talk o.

  9. Yeye pple for how long dem go tke dey blame past gov,make una do una own make see b4 hunger kill pple finish liars

  10. Economic Growth - Warri Strategy.
    Just talk am, E don happen as you talk am.


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