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Moghalu Laments Over Nigeria’s Debt

Moghalu Laments Over Nigeria’s Debt

The Ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has bemoaned the current borrowing status in the country, saying no financial organization will grant the country debt relief.

Moghalu additionally said the next country’s leader would do something extraordinarily to achieve proper fiscal policy for the country.

Previously, the Minister of Budget, Zainab Ahmed, had last week said the details of the 2022 fiscal performance report for January through April revealed that Nigeria’s total revenue stood at N1.63 trillion while debt servicing stood at N1.94 trillion, displaying a variance of over N300 billion.

Reacting on Twitter, the political economist on Monday announced that Nigeria’s case is weak because the government has been irresponsible.

Moghalu said: ‘When some of us were warning that we’re heading into a debt crisis, some official jokers in top places in this country told us “No: our debt to GDP ratio is still manageable” Now that we have earned N1.6 trillion in Q1 of 2022 and spent N1.9 trillion to service debt, effectively borrowing over N300 billion to pay our debt, the jury is in.’

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‘We have fallen off the debt cliff. The next government in Nigeria, whoever leads it, will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to keep our fiscal boat sailing. Asset sales and debt restructuring will most likely be inevitable.

Unlike in the Obasanjo era, no one will relieve our debts. Our case is weak because we have been irresponsible. Simple. The issue for us as a developing country was always the ratio of debt to our revenues. Now it’s at 120%. Welcome to Nigeria.’ Moghalu Laments Over Nigeria’s Debt

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