“I sold Alscon for only (3%) its value, but that was in error. I’ll enrich my friends when I’m president. I’ll sell NNPC even if they will kill me. I’ll grant amnesty to treasury thieves”.
He wasn’t forced to say them, and he wasn’t misquoted.
Well, privatizing NNPC’s refineries is not wrong if done properly. Shell, BP, Total and Agip were all government-owned companies before privatization made them more efficient and more profitable. And contrary to our popular belief, those companies generate more government revenues for their home countries (through taxes) today than ever before.
But I’m wary of Atiku’s agenda in view of his recent statements and past record as Chairman of the National Economic Council – which made him the BPE Chairman as well. A man who sold Alscon for peanuts – in his own mouth – will surely sell off NNPC’s assets for peanuts.
I need no crystal ball to see that happening, especially when he plans to enrich his friends – again words coming from his own mouth.
Atiku’s supporters claim PMB too plans to privatize refineries. If so, I won’t lose sleep, knowing PMB won’t buy shares through fronts men and every naira worth of a refinery will go to the treasury, to fund N-Power or the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme, or to equip a public university where my son will study.
What more, if Atiku’s past record is any guide, the privatized refineries will close down and my friends and relations in NNPC will lose their jobs and pensions. I can’t hate myself and my family, so I’m voting for PMB this Saturday, in sha Allah.
In fact, being from the state with Atiku has contributed most to why I reject him. I probably won’t have known of his ills if we came from different states.