Last updated on November 2nd, 2018 at 07:50 pm
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said he would restructure Nigeria in six months if he won the 2019 presidential election.
“It is doable. In fact, what I’ve told many Nigerians at home is that if you give me six months, I know I will be able to achieve a fast level of restructuring, otherwise the concurrent list issue.
“It’s very easy to deal with it because there is no state that you will call and say ‘I want to give you this responsibility together with the resources’, and will say ‘no’.”
He made the promise Wednesday during an interractive session at the Chatham House in UK after delivering a lecture titled: “The Importance of Strengthening State Economic Management Systems”.
But Nigerians have continued to react on twitter, saying “he’s one of the problems of Nigeria.”
For those rooting and promoting #Atiku as the next best thing to replace #Buhari, you are more of the problem of #Nigeria than both of them. Unlike merely mouthing #TrueFederalism, both are way past their usefulness & its time to give #Nigerianyouths a chance
— ireke a kalu-onuma (@ireke_agbeze) April 25, 2018
Internally Generated Revenue
Mr. Atiku hinted that he would offer a matching grant of $250 million each to the 36 states of the federation to challenge them to enhance their Internally Generated Revenue.
“Beyond institutional and administrative reforms to improve operational efficiency of the revenue agencies, the federating units will be challenged to double their efforts in rebuilding the fiscal-social contract, by enhancing service delivery in key areas such as health, education, water supply and infrastructural development.
“Only this would change the predominant perception that government revenues are diverted to the private bank accounts of politicians and their cronies.”
He said he wants people of every state to be able to hold their leaders accountable because of how the federal Government “is being accused of everything, even when it’s not in its area of responsibility.”
Lazy Nigerian Youths Presidential comment
Atiku criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for labelling Nigerian youths as being lazy at a Business Forum in London, saying if the president were an employer of labour he wouldnt have made such comment.
“On the issue of youth, I am an employer of labour and most of that labour is youth-dominated and I make a lot of profits from my businesses.
“I don’t agree with the assumption that the youths are lazy or they are indolent. Certainly, I don’t.
“But I’m not surprised with the fellow (Buhari) who made that remark because he’s not an employer of labour, he has no business, he has no educational institution so he doesn’t relate with youth in schools so I don’t blame him.”
Atiku has been know to make political shuttle between APC and PDP since he couldn’t secure the PDP ticket in 2007, due to personal conflict with his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Asked if he would consider running as an independent candidate in 2019 should he failed to secure the ticket of Peoples Democratic Party, he said, “We’ll wait until that time”.
Nobody can genuinely restructure Nigeria in 6 months. You need to amend the constitution to do that. No wholesome constitutional amendment process happens in 6 months. APC has taught us that aspirants should promise ONLY what they KNOW can be delivered within certain time frames. https://t.co/VdM37srX3u
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) April 26, 2018
Attracting foreign inventors
He criticised the multiple exchange rate in the country, saying it does not encourage foreign investors to put their money in Nigeria, and encourage Nigerians in diaspora to return home to invest.
He said “his federal government” will continue to offer support, despite the $250 million grant for states that rank below the average development index, until such a time as they are able to become self-sufficient and sustaining.
Atiku is one of those who have shown interest in Buhari’s position. Others apart from Buhari are first timers in the presidential race.
Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River State showed interest in 2007 but his party PDP didn’t give him the ticket.
Whether Atiku will stay in PDP if he didn’t get the party’s ticket can not be ascertained until the preparation becomes hotter as we count down to Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election.