By Babajide Okeowo
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has borrowed a whopping N20.08tn in five years, the latest data from the Debt Management Office, DMO has shown.
Nigeria’s public debt hit a total of N32.2tn at the end of September 2020, the Debt Management Office announced on Thursday.
As of the end of June 2015, one month after Buhari came into power, the country’s debt profile stood at N12.12tn.
The new figure released by DMO means that Nigeria’s debt since Buhari took over in 2015 has risen by N20.08tn in five years.
It also means that the country’s debt profile rose by 165 per cent within five years and three months.
The figure implies that the nation’s debt profile rose by N1.19tn between the second and third quarters of 2020.
According to a breakdown provided by the DMO on its website, the Federal Government’s total debt stood at N28tn as of September while the debt of the states and the Federal Capital Territory stood at N4.19tn.
Further disaggregation of Nigeria’s public debt showed that the domestic debt is N20tn or 62.18 per cent of the total debt while foreign debt is 37.82 per cent.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had said last month that Nigeria’s total public debt may rise further by N6tn, hitting N38.68tn by December 2021.
She told the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts that the projection was based on existing approvals.
Recall that finance experts have in recent time raised concern over the country’s rising debt stock even as the Federal Government plans to fund the 2021 budget deficit with N4.28tn new borrowing which is about one-third of the N13.59tn budget signed by the President on Thursday.