Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has taken on the federal government in a series of tweets he posted yesterday, 28 March, 2021. The former vice president exposed some weaknesses of the current administration in the said tweets.
The former vice president, who is an ardent user of Twitter, first blasted the government for making unemployment rise and he gave some ways out of the total mess Nigerians find themselves. He even went on to call for support for this government.
In one of the tweets, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar suggested that the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) should be privatised with the private sector having 51% of the oil company. Remember that Atiku Abubakar used this to campaign during his struggle for the presidency.
He said, "We can no longer say we cannot afford this. We can. As a nation, we are better off privatising our refineries and the NNPC through the time-tested LNG model in which the FG owns 49% equity and the private sector 51%".
But the former vice president didn't tell Nigerians how they will benefit from the said partial of full privatisation. At this time, the cost of fuel seems to be rising on a daily basis. And Nigerians can't afford to have their national properties to be owned by private sectors. Privatising the NNPC can't solve any of the problems that Nigerians have at this time, hence, it is a mistake for Abubakar to raise that suggestion in the first instance.
The second issue on ground is that Atiku Abubakar said that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the capacity or idea to solve the challenges and that Nigerians must help the government, perhaps because of the people of the country.
First and foremost, the administration of the president has not said that it didn't have any capacity to run the Government and has not asked for help from anyone at all. So, why calling for help? It is even not the duty of Atiku Abubakar to ask Nigerians to help the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former vice president in yet another tweet said that Nigeria is at a "precipice" now and that all the stakeholders.usr speak up on time.
The tweet reads, "We are at a precipice as a nation and the truth is that all stakeholders and elder statesmen have to speak up on time, while there is still a Nigeria to save."
Perhaps if Atiku Abubakar has any ideas on how to solve problems of the country, he can approach the federal government headed by Buhari and table them. There is nothing bad in offering useful advice to the government rather than using Twitter.
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