Wife of former Vice President, Mrs.Titi Abubakar, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and indeed the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of escalating poverty, unemployment and poor health conditions that brought about multiplicity of deaths in the last three and half years in Nigeria.
Titi, wife of the Presidential candidate on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who stated this while holding an interactive session with the National Women Leaders of Coalition of Political Parties at the weekend in her “Atiku/Obi Presidential campaign office’’ in Abuja, added that Nigerians are living in times where they are no longer sure of survival due to widespread and deepening poverty in the land.
Titi, who was Atiku Abukakar’s official wife as a Vice President under former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, noted that the prevailing debilitating purchasing power of Nigerians when compared to what it was when this government came to power in 2015 has become highly embarrassing.
According to her, “we are in vulnerable situations, forget about the stories and pictures of roads you are fed with in advertorials and Television Network news. They are mere fabrications or photo-tricks.
“Go to the South East and see how erosion has assumed destructive proportion, some sights are no less impressive than Tsunami effects.
“So many roads have been washed off and not just washed away, to the extent not even bicycles, motor bikes or vehicles can pass through anywhere. It is now a common occurrence seeing pregnant women especially experiencing labour pains being transported with wheelbarrows or locally made stretchers to the health centers for child-delivery.
She also drew attention to what she called an unbearable and unacceptable poverty situation in the Northern part of Nigeria noting that poverty is killing far more than the insurgents in that region.
According to her, “People are dying of hunger, malnutrition and inability to afford means for basic health care, just as the Health sector is in shamble. Parents watch helplessly and hopelessly as their children and wards die due to inability to afford money to buy ordinary paracetamol”
“The experience in other parts of the country is not worth to cheer as well. With prevalent job losses, increasing unemployment as only the children of the riches and officials in the presidency are being employed, street begging is no longer northern Nigeria affairs. This government created another category of beggars called ‘’executive begging’’. They are people that wakes up in the morning, knot their ties and take to asking for assistances from people without shame”, Titi added.
The wife of PDP’s Presidential candidate also urged Nigerians to join the World in electing leaders she called problem solvers instead of remaining stuck to non performing leaders.
“So many countries all over the world now opt for problem solvers and leaders with analytical and innovative minds to be voted to power, rather than the stereotyped integrity value. It is the international best practice now for conglomerate minded persons to be voted to lead their countries.
She added that a vote her husband would bring Nigeria back to economic bounce back.
“Atiku has turned the economy of this country to prosperity, self-sufficiency and affluence path before, and given the scenario playing out, he will make the economy work again. As a vice president between 1999 and 2007, he headed economic team of Obasanjo’s presidency. We all witnessed economic revolution that saw our external loan of $36 billion cleared, external reserve risen to $45 billion in 2007, Excess Crude Account risen to $25 billion in 2007, the entry of Mobile Telecommunication giants and crashing of phone tariffs, the various industrialization and promotion of local content that helped in agricultural growth. In fact the GDP got to 14.6% at one point.
Titi continued: “He brought the likes of Nasir El-Rufai and Nuhu Ribadu to Obasanjo’s government. He is a detribalized patriotic Nigerian. As an astute businessman, educationist and industrialist, only one of his children is working in the government and that is my daughter who is a commissioner under Adamawa state government. All others are working in their father’s business outfits.
Remembering her days as initiator of the battle against trafficking in Persons, Titi said the establishment of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), an agency set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2003 to tackle human trafficking and other related matters in Nigeria had recorded much progress adding that she would do better if her husband is voted President of Nigeria next year.
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