Except managing 150 cows, Buhari has no business experience –Atiku

Except managing 150 cows, Buhari has no business experience –Atiku

…Says he championed GSM revolution in Nigeria

After taking jibes from All Progressives Congress (APC) for two days, former vice president and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday fought back, with President Muhammadu Buhari as his target.

Atiku, who expressed shock that Buhari’s men were questioning his business acumen, listed his private enterprises unlike the President, who he said, only has 150 cows to manage as his business. He said that the open, democratic, free and fair election of the PDP convention alluded to by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, left the APC in a state of panic and confusion.

The Buhari Campaign Organisation had on Sunday launched its first attack on Atiku and on Monday, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, accused him of being desperate.

But in a statement issued by the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation on Tuesday, the Waziri Adamawa challenged the APC to compare the desperation between Buhari who said “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood” and an Atiku Abubakar who said “Love and peace should not only be preached, but must also be put into practice for the sake of sustaining the peace in our land”?

“The APC scribe was ignorant to say ‘the pertinent question to ask about Atiku is what was his scorecard in public office?’ That is a very easy question to answer and we will answer it now.

“Some of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s achievements as Nigeria’s Vice President are that as head of the National Council of Privatisation, he superintended over the GSM revolution which saw Nigeria go from 50,000 to 100 million GSM lines, has added 500,000 direct jobs to the Nigerian economy and attracted $27 billion to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Our question to President Buhari and the APC is how many jobs have they created? “Another of Atiku Abubakar’s achievements is the successful privatisation of many public enterprises that hitherto consumed government resources without yielding profit. In response, we ask President Buhari how many loopholes in public expenditure has he plunged?

The spectacular failure of the ‘419 Nigeria Air’ is still fresh in the memory of Nigerians. “A further achievement of the former Vice President is initiating, starting and completing several road projects all over Nigeria including roads in President Buhari’s home state of Katsina.

In return, we challenge President Buhari and the APC to mention three projects that they have initiated, started and completed in the last three years. “Finally, the APC spokesman had the guts to question Atiku Abubakar’s source of wealth.

“It is left for Nigerians to judge, but even a blind person can see that Nigeria has been ‘soaked in blood’ ever since she was unfortunate enough to have fallen under the rulership of a man whose words are destructive and never productive,” Atiku said.

The campaign outfit reminded Nabena, that “Atiku Abubakar is not like President Buhari who has never run a successful private business throughout his life.”

The organisation said that Atiku is an expert job creator who has founded many successful and thriving businesses including the American University of Nigeria, Yola, a microfinance bank that has moved 45,000 families out of poverty and Rica Gado, a livestock feed company that has significantly reduced instances of herdsmen/farmers’ clashes by providing a business-friendly solution instead of asking Nigerians to give up their lands for cattle ranching or face death, as the Buhari government did.

“Unlike President Buhari, Atiku Abubakar does not believe Nigerian youths are lazy. How could, when 25,000 of his 50,000 employees are youths?

“Nigerians should note that we have just listed only a few of the many booming commercial enterprises founded by Atiku Abubakar. Now we urge the Buhari Presidency and the APC to mention even one successful private endeavour that the President has successfully run. And by private enterprises, we are not referring to 150 cows that never increase in number, year in year out.”

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