A foremost ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and National Coordinator of Buhari Awareness and Voters’ Guard, Engr. Kailani Muhammad, has said that, Nigeria cannot be entrusted in the hands of former Vice President and PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
He said, Atiku unlike President Muhammadu Buhari, has a lot of corruption allegations and indictments hanging on his neck.
Muhammad, a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), who addressed newsmen at his Kaduna office, stated categorically that, Atiku cannot be trusted with the economy of Nigeria.
While arguing that, there is no alternative to APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential race, Muhammad said that, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has several cases of financial misconduct allegations levelled against him while he was the vice president between 1999 and 2007.
According to the APC chieftain, “while most Nigerians across board see Buhari as reliable and predictable, many doubt Atiku’s credentials because it has enmeshed in so many fraudulent allegations for a long period of time.”
Highlighting Buhari’s achievement upon why he should be reelected for a second term, he said, “in the three and a half years in the saddle, despite the challenges, Buhari has impacted on all partied the country through construction if 25 major roads and infrastructure in all the six geo-political zones – through the N100 billion Sukuk Bond issued in 2017.
“For his foresight, the railway will soon be fully operational. Very soon, the Mambilla hydro power plant will generate 5,000 MW electricity. The Anchor Borrowers Scheme has made hundreds of peasant farmers to become millionaires overnight.
“Nigeria’s economy is back on the path of growth, after the recession of 2016-17 (1.95 percent growth in Q1 2018), as the agriculture and solid minerals sector maintained consistent growth through the recession. External reserves rose to $47.5 billion, the highest in five years.
“N2.7 billion spent on infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, an unprecedented allocation in Nigeria’s recent history. 14 moribund blending plants revitalised under the presidential fertilizer initiative (PFI), with a total production capacity of 2.3 million of MT of NPK fertilizer.”
He continued, “Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (PIDF) in March 2018, invested $10 million to establish a world-class cancer treatment centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and another $5million each in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, to establish modern diagnostic centres, expected to have been completed by now.”
On Atiku he said, “$16 billion entrusted in Atiku’s care for the upgrade of power supply infrastructure disappeared into thin air and in 2007, the Senate pannel, chaired by Victoria Ndoma-Egba and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) indicted Atiku for diverting $145 million meant for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) to various bank accounts linked to him between 1999 and 2006.
“He was indicted by firmer Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro panel for sharing $74 million proceeds of the famous Halliburton bribe scandal to other top officials of the corrupt administration in which he served.
“Atiku collected N100 million from former Governor if Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, being state’s ecological funds. When Darius cinfessed, former President Olusegun Obasanjo refunded his portion but Atiku held in to his till today and working freely while Dariye is cooling off in jail,” he alleged.
He concluded by saying, “President Muhammadu Buhari has done exceedingly well and he is the only choice for 2019 that has the capacity and sincerity of purpose to salvage Nigeria from the brink of collapse.”