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Is Atiku a presidential material?

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The dire situation of Nigeria has made it impossible for one to think about giving the incumbent Mr. President a second chance.

Even as he promised, though on twitter, to take us to the next level, a saddened Nigerian responded to him, “drop us ,we don’t want to go again.”

Really, we don’t want to go again because his next level could be from frying pan to fire.

Apparently , the incumbent president lacks the capacity to fulfill his campaign promises. Truly, he has tried … he promised us change and change he has given us.

Now, question is… what manner of change did he promise us? We weren’t given the opportunity to ask since he shied away from 2015 Presidential debate.

I don’t know exactly the change he promised us, but, it is ostensible that the change he has given us is a negative change.

First, Mr. President must accept that he has failed, he must face the reality that his second tenure is almost impossible if the election would be conducted free and fair and underaged Northerners disallowed from voting.

Presidency is not a position for inexperienced persons; hoping that they would learn with time. And here experience is not just a matter of age.

No doubt President Buhari is experienced but only in military rule. Perhaps that explains his tyrannic and autocratic approach to leadership, even as we are aging in democracy.

The only benefit of electing President Buhari is that Nigerians now know that there is no difference between General Buhari and President Buhari, needless to say the difference between a competent leader and an incompetent leader.

The question, however, is who shall we replace President Buhari with?
My sincere answer is, Atiku is the best man for the job.

Who is in doubt of Atiku’s capacity?

The fact is that Ati­ku is well qualified to be Ni­gerian President. He has the credentials, the capacity and the experience required to lead a country like ours.

As it stands now, Atiku has no political godfather, not even as a matter of semantics. He is his own godfather.

In a one on one session with Thisday in 2017, Atiku said and I quote, “I know what I want for my country. I’ve served Nigeria in different capacities and I am one of the most experienced leaders around today. There is no part of Nigeria I’m not familiar with. I have friends everywhere. They know me and I know them. The benefit of being around for so long is that they have come to know me for certain principles and know that I have a rich knowledge of Nigeria and what it would take to move us to the height of greatness. They can also trust me that I’m not coming to government to steal their money. God has blessed me with business acumen. How can you run a nation if you cannot run your own business? I run my businesses to international standards. Let any of those who want to compete with me show what they have managed successfully. I’ve lifted over 45,000 families out of joblessness and poverty through my microfinance company in my State, Adamawa and we have empowered mostly women. The good news is these women have been very honest. Returns on our loans have been about 98 percent. They have not disappeared with the loans given then. We plan to replicate this nationwide.”

I stand to be corrected but some cabals do not want Atiku to be the president not because he is corrupt but, perhaps, because Atiku himself is a kingmaker. Also they are afraid of what he might do to those that have stepped on his toes and those who have disappointed him. They don’t want him because they are afraid of what will become of them, not because they love Nigeria and want the good of our country.

So, it is not about Atiku being corrupt or not, it is about their safety. However, we shouldn’t forget that our interest as Nigerians supersedes the individual interest of the so called cabals.

What is Atiku’s source of livelihood?

A lot of questions have been asked about how the erstwhile vice president made his money. The reason for this is not far-fetched. As a prominent political figure and especially when he is a prospective presidential candidate, people will certainly want to know how he amassed his wealth. Truly, it is important to know….

Atiku made his money from real estate, farming trading and oil servicing.

According to his biography, Atiku’s foray into the real estate began in 1974, “when as a young custom officer he got a federal staff housing loan amounting to N31,000, which was the equivalent of his salary for five years. With this money. Atiku applied to the Gongola State Government for a plot of land at Yola government reserved area and he was given. The book explained that, “he hired a foreman and began building his first house. With close personal supervision, the bungalow was completed on time and to his taste. He rented it out immediately. The up-front rent he collected was substantial enough to purchase a second plot and begin work on a second house in the same area. He completed it and rented it out again. He kept plowing the rent back into new building projects and within a few years, Atiku had built eight houses in choice areas of Yola. He became a powerful landlord in Yola, making a lot of money annually from rent. When he arrived in Kaduna in 1980, Atiku repeated the same feat and ended up with over half a dozen property in the city.”

According to an article published by Saliu Iyanda, In 1981, Atiku also went into large-scale farming to augment his income from public service. He started the Gesse Derdirabe Farm on 2,500 hectares of land off Yola-Numan Road with a bank loan. He grew maize and cotton, becoming the largest maize farmer in the whole of the old Gongola State. The farm produced about 10,000 bags of maize a year. In addition to farming, Atiku was buying and selling trailer loads of rice, sugar and flour during his spare time. He was one of the first Nigerians to venture into China, importing green tea from the communist country for sale in Nigeria. Atiku also went into oil servicing business. With foreign partners, he started a small oil logistics company from a container office at Apapa called the Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES). The company was later renamed Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) with the late Shehu MusaYar’Adua as one of its directors. The book says that Atiku has used his wealth to fund philanthropic and political activities. He has built and equipped schools, mosques, churches and health centers and he has offered scholarships to thousands of students in Nigerian and foreign institutions as well as sponsored several people on medical treatment at home and abroad. Atiku has also assisted many people to start businesses of their own. Such generosity generated a lot of goodwill for Atiku. So, it is very clear that he made his money through hard work and proper planning.

In general, Atiku is a politician who has something doing outside politics.

It is imperative to note the fact that Atiku is one politician who before he became the vice president, never held any political appointment, he had all along been a civil servant and when he retired he went into private business. Yes, Atiku is a wealth creator.

As a liberal mind, he will work with the best financial and economic team to restore our economy because he knows what it means to create wealth and provide jobs.

It is noteworthy that Atiku is a better Nigerian than President Buhari who is a better Northerner. Thus, Atiku will lead Nigeria and not just Northern Nigeria.

His administration will unite Nigeria; in unity we can build a country that will be pleasant for people to live in.

I wish to reiterate that one of the reasons why Nigeria is not working presently is because Mr. President through nepotism and unjust hatred (ethnic and religious bigotry) has divided Nigerians more than ever.

Atiku is a wealth creator as well as an employer of labour, his worth is not 100 cows so he won’t lead us like animals.

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