Structural reform will top on our list. It would give more power to states and help realise their potentials. Lot of states in Nigeria relies solely on the resources from Abuja to pay salaries and other things. It ought not to be so. They should be able to utilise their human and natural resources to boost their financial status. Job creation is at center of Atiku’s agenda. He understands that unemployment and insecurity are the greatest challenge in Nigeria. One leads to another. If people are not gainfully employed they would be available for crime and that would disrupt the economy. Atiku is always interested in business proposal that would create jobs. He has repeatedly shown interest in promoting enabling environment for businesses. He understands the economy of the world and how to use government structures transform the society and create wealth opportunities for the people. Atiku is the only leader that knows the economic integration policies for West Africa and could comfortably articulate it without reference to a book. He understands the movement of the goods and services among the western African countries. Not only that. Nigeria need a leader that understands African and global economy, and could make big economy block out of
West Africa. He must understand that West Africa must be in competition with Asia or demand a bigger portion of the market side from the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Nigeria is faced with serious security challenges. Does your principal have answers to it?
Atiku is deeply concerned as regards the unending killings by herdsmen in different parts of Nigeria. He has repeatedly suggested a complete overhaul of the internal security architecture of Nigeria. However, he has concluded plans to enter entire Nigeria into what he called Low Energy Imaging Satellite (LEIS) that would afford the government opportunity to seat in a control room and monitor every living being at any part of Nigeria at a resolution of real time pictures and quality video. The footages could be played back at all times to pull out information that were entered into the system. With that, every crime could be traced and detected. Atiku will ensure that there is biometric information of all Nigerian citizens attached to verifiable information. President Buhari failed Nigerians woefully and that led to the level deaths being recorded in Nigeria every day. If we had interrogated Buhari carefully in 2015, we wouldn’t have been in this mess. He confused all Nigerians with his own thought that some people are more important and precious than the others. He ran us into problem when he started looking at national issues from the prison of Daura, his hometown. He believes that if you are not from Daura, then you cannot be considered as someone who has something to offer in this country. Atiku is not like that. He has his presence registered across Nigeria. He has all it takes to get all of us to love Nigeria again. All we need is to take possession of this agenda, own it and then see the possibility.
Similar promises were made in 2015 and none was fulfilled. What is the guarantee that won’t be deceived again?
Those that managed the narratives of the 2014/2015 presidential elections did not measure their words. They made promises that they never meant. You can never hear any of such grandeur promises from Atiku. What you will hear often is his plans and roadmap that would herald great transformation in Nigeria. Atiku cannot make careless promises to electorate as was the case in 2015. We knew that those that made all the careless statement and promises in 2015 never had the intention of fulfilling them. And that was why they failed to honour the invitation for debate. Atiku is ready for any presidential debate at anytime. We even suggest that it be done in stages, that is his spokesman versus ours, their campaign director versus ours; their women leader versus ours, and so on. We will defeat them on all angles because we are truthful and diligent. Atiku is here to serve the interest of the people with every opportunity God has given him and the platform from the people.
Does your principal have plans for NNPC which is the main source of revenue for Nigeria?
Atiku has been asking questions as regards oil business in Nigeria. And at the last check, he was yet to get answers. For instance, Brazil doesn’t have a national body that manages its oil resources and they are doing absolutely well in oil business.
Do you suggest NNPC be scrapped?
NNPC that has caused more embarrassment for Nigeria, we have no refineries of our own in spite of huge financial resources from the sale of oil. States government and NNPC fight every month because of non remittance of adequate revenue from NNPC. The worst is that Nigerian government could not account for its subsidy payment. We seem to be running ‘an unseen before mega corruption’ underneath the President Buhari who is the minister of petroleum and his brother Maikanti Baru who is the NNPC GMD, both of them doing what they like with our resources. However, Nigeria doesn’t need a corporation that would manage its oil resources. If Brazil could figure out a way to manage its oil resources successfully without cooperation, then it is time for us to do same to our system. Let me inform those that want to sustain the era of feeding bottle economy, that Atiku’s presidency would not sustain that.
How do we trust Atiku to actualise these promises?
He is someone with unquestionable credibility. And he has proven that several times. He has promised to run a government that would provide quarterly state of the nation account. He will engage Nigerians that gave him the mandate and feed them with detailed state of the nations address.