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Again, Atiku blames Buhari for making Nigerians poorer than they were

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has launched a fresh attack at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over recent reports on the country’s debt.

DAILY POST reported earlier in the week that the Debt Management Office published the Public Debt Data comprising the Domestic and External Debts of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT as at March 31, 2019.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Atiku claimed that the current administration has done nothing but put the country in huge debts, adding that hunger and poverty have doubled in 2019.

He tweeted, “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.

“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.

“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.”

“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.”

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What Buhari should do with Obasanjo’s latest letter – Shehu Sani

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Human rights activist, Senator Shehu Sani has thrown his weight behind Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari which raised concern over the prevailing security challenges currently bedevilling the country.

The former lawmaker, while appreciating the content of the letter on Tuesday, advised that the President should not use Obasanjo’s letter as a toilet roll, but should rather clip it near the dressing mirror.

Sani tweeted: “The messenger is not surely handsome but the message is a Bell and a compass.

“Obj and Baba knows each other more than anyone knows about them.

DAILY POST had reported yesterday that former president Obasanjo released an open letter to President Buhari where he drew the attention of the setting president on the need to address the numerous security challenges facing the country.

Part of the letter read, “I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay.

“The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is of our greatest and most important assets. As a result, very onerous cloud is gathering. And rain of destruction, violence, disaster and disunity can be the outcome.”

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Pa Adebanjo reacts to Obasanjo’s letter

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Pa Ayo Arebanjo, an elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, has reacted to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over Nigeria’s insecurity.

Obasanjo had enumerated the huge security challenges in the land, proposed some solutions and asked Buhari to act now so that Nigeria can remain one.

But the letter activated a fresh wave of controversy, with notable personalities taking various positions.

However, Adebanjo in a statement yesterday, advised President Buhari to act immediately on the Obasanjo’s message to demonstrate his commitment to keeping the country together.

Adebanjo said: “I endorse what he (Obasanjo) has said hundred per cent. The situation in the country has got to a critical point that needs immediate attention. It is not a question of we shall do this or we are doing this. The thing has got to a boiling point.

“The situation in the country has got to a position where we have to decide two things: are we going to do restructuring now or we are going to do de-amalgamation? It has come to that stage. We are talking of restructuring because we believe under restructuring we can take care of our security if we do it properly then we can stay together. Anything that is not immediate now is just praying for time.

“Mr. President must do something positive immediately to show that he wants to keep the country together and all the complaints he sees to it. They are killing us right, left and centre; kidnapping us; no arrest has been made, not to talk of prosecution. You want to beat us and ask us not to cry?”

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We’re still studying Obasanjo’s letter – ACF

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to the open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, had expressed worry over high level of insecurity in the country.

He called on the President to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis.

According to the letter: “I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay.

“Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am so concerned.”

Reacting, the ACF said it was still studying the letter and will speak on it soon.

“Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is studying Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and will make it’s position known soon,” the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, told the Nation newspaper.

He did not give further details.

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