Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who officially declared his intention to contest for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that his agenda is centred on job creation if elected as president.
Atiku made this known to newsmen recently while fielding questions. He said that as a job creator, he would give Nigerians jobs since he could give them jobs now that he has not become president.
He said that his group of companies has a workforce of about 50,000. “This does not include the hundreds of thousands that are indirectly employed.,” he said. “I believe in creating jobs, providing opportunities, being united as one Nigeria, and securing it all with a military-industrial complex whose raison d’être is ‘Nigeria First.’”
He added, “It is a fact of life that you cannot give what you do not have. In December of 2017, the government-owned and operated National Bureau of Statistics officially revealed that 7.9 million Nigerians had lost their jobs in the 21 months immediately preceding the Buhari government.
“The current government cannot create jobs because it is headed and peopled by men and women who have never run successful businesses. They ran their own private businesses down.
“So how can you expect them to run the public’s business up? What I am assuring Nigerians is that if they elect me, I promise them that everyone who wants to work will be given opportunities.”
He questioned the purpose of N-Power, describing it as “a product of their poverty mindset.” He saw the N-Power as handout and affirmed that “Nigerians do not need handout.”
“Nigerians need a leg up! Our people are not lazy. Quote me anywhere; Nigerians are the most intelligent people on God’s planet,” he said. “The reason our people are living in poverty today is that our current leaders have a poverty mentality.
“I will give you a very good example. How can I be president and criminals will attack my people and I will tell them that the only thing I can do is pray?
“Then, in that case, I should be a clergyman, not a president! How can a leader open his mouth and tell his citizens that it is better to give land than to die? That is as good as telling the people that they have been conquered.”
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