The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has queried the planned donation of $500,000 and other material donations to Guinea Bissau by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku, Nigeria’s former vice president, in a statement yesterday by his Presidential Campaign Organisation said there was no need for Nigeria to donate to other countries now in view of the nation’s state of the economy and poverty ravaging its citizens.
The ex-VP said it was incongruous for a nation that has been officially named as the world headquarters for extreme poverty to donate her resources to others instead of using them to solve pressing domestic problems.
“This is the same government that is so cash-strapped that it has so far borrowed ₦13 trillion in 3 years putting our economy in even greater peril. How prudent is it to go about taking loans from whomsoever cares to lend you money and then turn around to give out those same monies even when your own people are suffering the worst forms of poverty they have ever endured?
“We call on the Buhari administration to cut their coat according to their cloth. These huge loans they are collecting, only to squander it, will be repaid by future generations and limit the nation’s ability to invest in projects that will Get Nigeria Working Again.
“There are over a million Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria. If you cannot adequately support your own people in dire need, what is the wisdom in crossing borders to support others?
“We have the moral authority to question this administration’s profligacy and imprudence, because Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP was part of an administration that paid off Nigeria’s entire foreign debt. We are therefore concerned to see this government piling on debt and then squandering it away without any consideration for the needs of her own people,” the statement said.
Atiku also enjoined the Buhari administration to be more prudent with national resources after the government declared its intention to sell national assets to fund the 2019 budget.