Atiku’s ar­ti­cle on $29bn loan full of lies – BMO

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Ka­marudeen Ogun­dele, Abuja

The Buhari Me­dia Or­gan­i­sa­tion has de­scribed crit­i­cism of the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari(retd.), regime’s plan to bor­row $30bn to fund crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture projects in the coun­try by former Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar as a litany of lies, fal­la­cies and pro­pa­ganda aimed at hood­winked Nige­ri­ans.

The group, in a state­ment signed by its Chair­man, Niyi Akin­siju; and Sec­re­tary, Cas­sidy Madueke, de­scribed the ar­ti­cle as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of Atiku’s des­per­a­tion to re­main rel­e­vant by cre­at­ing is­sues where there were none.

It stressed that Atiku’s ar­ti­cle was hyp­o­crit­i­cal as it was at­tack­ing bor­row­ing which he had sug­gested as a

source of fund­ing projects in his “Get Nige­ria Work­ing Again” man­i­festo when he cam­paigned to be Pres­i­dent.

The state­ment read, “Atiku Abubakar made clearer his ap­par­ent in­abil­ity to ap­pre­ci­ate the truth when he wrote that ar­ti­cle. he for­got so eas­ily that he served as Vice Pres­i­dent in the (former Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun) Obasanjo’s pres­i­dency, dur­ing which Nige­ria earned over N27tn in eight years from crude oil alone, but for which the coun­try had noth­ing to show for it. In fact, his gov­ern­ment and the sub­se­quent PDP ad­min­is­tra­tions left no legacy project for the Nige­rian peo­ple that they can to­day point to.

“The only legacy that the Atiku and PDP ad­min­is­tra­tions can point to are cor­rup­tion cases be­ing pros­e­cuted against them, bad roads, in­suf­fi­cient and ill-equipped hos­pi­tals

and schools, and ne­glected in­sti­tu­tions.

“If Atiku and his PDP gang had even done 10 per cent of what Buhari is do­ing to­day with its mea­gre earn­ings,

Nige­ria would have been far more de­vel­oped than it is to­day. Un­for­tu­nately, they chose to squan­der Nige­ria’s re­sources, and choke the fu­ture for com­ing gen­er­a­tions.”

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