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Nigeria in crisis as presidential handover looms: Opposition

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Muhammadu Buhari's APC highlighted record lows in electricity production, multiple strikes and billions of dollars in unpaid debts/FILE

Muhammadu Buhari’s APC highlighted record lows in electricity production, multiple strikes and billions of dollars in unpaid debts/FILE

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 25 – Nigeria’s Opposition on Sunday accused outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of leaving a country in crisis, as fuel shortages brought the nation to a standstill just days from Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration.

Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) highlighted record lows in electricity production, multiple strikes and billions of dollars in unpaid debts, suggesting Jonathan’s government was deliberately leaving the country in a mess.

“Never in the history of our country has any government handed over to another a more distressed country,” APC spokesman Lai Mohammed said in an emailed statement.

“No electricity, no fuel, workers are on strike, billions are owed to state and federal workers, $60 billion (is) owed in national debt and the economy is virtually grounded,” he added.

Buhari won Nigeria’s first-ever opposition victory in March 28 elections and is set to take over as head of state of Africa’s most populous nation, leading economy and top oil producer this Friday. READ: Nigeria elects Buhari as president in historic vote.

But as he does so, a weeks-long crisis over controversial fuel subsidies has left homes without electricity, cars without petrol and businesses virtually ground to a halt.

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