A group has condemned a strategy meeting hep by Atiku Abubakar in Dubai – The group said the venue of the meeting has shown Nigerians Atiku’s extravagant lifestyle unsuitable for a president – According to the group, the Dubai meeting is an indication to Atiku’s dangerous tendency to hand Nigeria over to foreign interests with Dubai being his latest preference A civil society organisation has condemned the strategy meeting held by former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, and members of his team in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The New Agenda for Positive Change said the development was a sad reminder of the former vice president’s extravagant lifestyle. The group led by Raymond Amuna said the meeting in Dubai is an indication to Atiku’s dangerous tendency to hand Nigeria over to foreign interests with Dubai being his latest preference. Amuna also challenged the PDP presidential candidate to explain to Nigerians how he intends to run a domestic-oriented economy for the masses with the kind of lavish lifestyle of taking his strategy team with over 400 members to Dubai.
‘ He said:“There are various exotic venues in Nigeria that he could have used and have members of his team spend money to boost the local economy but he decided to expend his N20 million annual income in ferrying Peter Obi, Secondus and other clowns in his circus to Dubai for the strategy session. It is therefore not surprising that his team issued the statement castigating the government for planning to use the proceeds of privatization to fund the national budget.
The first thing of note is that Atiku Abubakar, a onetime Vice President (1999 to 2007) and by default the chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the time, was the originator of privatization or in layman’s term selling government owned enterprises, businesses and assets. It was under him that the chant of “government has no business in business” or “government is incapable of managing businesses” first gained ground and have remained a part of our collective psyche today,” Amuna said. “This is why even as the nation continues to explore the diversification of its revenue source under President Muhammadu Buhari, people have been conditioned to the point that no one is thinking of creating enterprises that will address unemployment and revenue sources simultaneously.
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“He is therefore definitely waiting until such a time when he is certain that he can acquire the same assets for pittance. His media organization ranted on about how the assets to be sold were built by the PDP without being able to list a single one of them, which implies that the PDP candidate is claiming what he did not achieve,” Amuna added. Meanwhile, retwtr.com previously reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, had said that former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, does not pose any threat. Tinubu spoke on Wednesday, October 31, after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Is Atiku the Right Man to Defeat President Buhari? 2019 Election Read more