Whether you see the money or not, enjoy the money or not, you are a debtor —Atiku tells Nigerians

Atiku accused Buhari of turning every Nigerian into a debtor.

Friday, July 12, 2019

/ by National Pivot
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar chides Buhari's administration over 'irresponsible borrowings'. 
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his poignant slant on the ineptitude of the Buhari-led government who has in the past 4 years, subjected the nation into a pool of dept with nothing to show for it. The former vice president expressed sadness over the fact that innocent Nigerians who neither supported nor benefitted from what he calls "irresponsible borrowings" by government, will have to pay for the sins they never committed.

Speaking via a post published on his Facebook page, the vice president also made sure to remind Nigerians of the efforts of his and former boss Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's administration to rid Nigeria of debts.

He said, "Nigeria's debt has more than doubled from ₦12 trillion in 2015, to ₦24.9 trillion in 2019, yet we became the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Irresponsible borrowing results in unprecedented sorrowing. We mustn’t saddle future generations with debt instead of prosperity.

"As head of the National Economic Council In 2006, under the leadership of ex President Obasanjo, we paid off Nigeria's entire debt. It thus breaks my heart to see that after that sacrifice, Nigeria in the last 4 years returned to being a heavily indebted extremely poor nation.

"Without the checks and balances occasioned by a truly independent and self accounting Legislature and Judiciary, as co equal and non subordinate arms of government, we will continue to have a profligate executive that borrows to sustain its greed and not the nation's need.

"As it stands today, every man, woman and child in Nigeria is now not only poorer than they were in 2015, additionally, we all individually owe more than twice what we did in 2015. We may not have participated in the profligate borrowing, but we all suffer the resultant sorrowing."

The sad reality is that Atiku's sentiments are easily verifiable and shared by millions of Nigerians and international organizations. The fact that the country was ranked as the sixth most miserable country in the world speaks volume on the reality on ground.

The Buhari administration however, has insisted that its government has achieved more within four years than the PDP did in its sixteen years in power. They argued that the damages done by the previous administrations is so bad that the current government's achievements are hardly noticeable.

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