By Okunade Adekunle
The Director General of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization, Former Governor Gbenga Daniel, has said the Former Vice President of Nigeria, has the best credentials to take Nigeria out of the current economic crisis facing the nation.
Daniel stated that the country needs a President that can create conducive environment for investors to do business which would help in boosting the country’s economy.
The Former Governor stressed that Atiku has the needed experience to take the country to the next level, stressing further that Atiku’s work experience in customs and as a businessman had made him have clear understanding of the Nigeria society.
In a media chat with journalists in his residence in Lagos, Daniel stated, “Nigeria is a very complex country and we cannot compare it to a country like France, where 40 years old Emmanuel Macron is the President. They have systems that work. Theirs is not about the person, but it is about the systems. This is also applicable in a country like Britain and some others.
“The same does not apply in Nigeria. If you vote for a greenhorn or a young man as President, he will have nothing to offer. Some of the young men, who want to be Nigerian President don’t even know most parts of the country. Some of them don’t even know their states like some of us that have travelled wide”, said Daniel
According to him, Nigeria need someone that is widely exposed and who understands all the regions such as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Daniel added, “He is well ahead of others. “His first wife, Alhaja Titilayo Abubakar is a Yoruba woman and he has worked in many parts of Nigeria as a customs officer.”
The former governor warned that the oil, which Nigeria depends on for foreign exchange, would soon come to nought adding that automobile vehicles are fast giving way to electric vehicles.
He said, “We need someone that can create an environment for investors to come in for business and grow the economy. I was shocked when I saw the American University established by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Yola, Adamawa State. He told me that he was not making profit from the institution and that he has been funding it for about 10 years now. If we say he used government funds to establish the school, if others that have served in government had done what he did we would not have the kind of graduates we are churning out in Nigeria today. I see Alhaji Atiku as someone, who has passion for education and he is not a Muslim fundamentalist.”
Daniel revealed that northerners now gather to sing against Buhari in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano and other parts of the north, saying that this is not the change Nigerians voted for in 2015.
“All the indices such as economy, inflationary, transparency and others have failed. The change you voted for in 2015 is not the change you wanted, you have all made a mistake.
“Nigerians now feel that they need to change the change. I could as well be an on-looker and do my business and edge into retirement, but I feel this is not the way to go and there is no other choice for us than to participate in the whole process,” he stated.
The DG told the journalists further that poverty knows no bounds and that people who voted for President Buhari in 2015 felt that their lives would be improved, but that they have been disappointed.
He pointed out that people now discovered that things have gone bad, which he said is why the likes of Galadima of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC) are now speaking against the incumbent Federal Government of the APC.
“President Buhari has declared his interest for the 2019 elections and the PDP has zoned it’s candidature to the North. So, the 12 million votes Buhari got in 2015 will no longer be there for him in 2019 as the votes would be divided,” he stated.
Daniel, however, urged Nigerians to be careful in tagging or perceiving people as being corrupt.
He stated that Alhaji Atiku has been out of government for about 11 years now and even once left the ruling party for the opposition party as he has done now and that yet he has never been arrested for corruption.
“Atiku lost immunity since 2007 and he has not been charged for corruption since then. He moved from the ruling party to the opposition party, yet he has not been charged for corruption. He resigned voluntarily from the Nigerian Customs and Excise Department of those days to go into private business. A man is innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.”
Daniel stated that corruption is not partisan and that it is clear that the APC is no less corrupt.
According to the former governor, corruption is a leveler and the entire Nigerian fabric is a corrupt system, while alleging that the party in power today is also corrupt.
He said: “It is the PDP that is being persecuted. What is happening in the senate now is an example of corruption. Perception is what led us to where we are today. We believe that one person has the magic wand to solve our problems as a nation.
“We should remove that perception. I was perceived to be killing people as a Governor. We have a job to do on the issue of perception. There are rules guiding every society. There is the persecution of the rich by the poor.
“It is believed that anyone in government must be corrupt. We must avoid tagging all rich people as corrupt. It is like we are celebrating the poor, then what is the essence of hard work.”
By Okunade Adekunle