‘ I must privatise NNPC and enrich my friends, i don’t mind if they kill me’ – Atiku Abubakar
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate under the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) has sworn to privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) even if it means his death.
He made this known on Wednesday, whilst he addressed the business community in Lagos during a planned public occasion themed ‘ Getting Nigeria’s Economy Working Again: A Pragmatic Approach’ .
The business tycoon also stated that his emergence as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will bring about growth and wealth, not to members of his family, but to his friends who he thinks are entitled to be rich.
” I am committed to privatising NNPC, i said it, i swear even if they are going to kill me i will do it. At the end of the day privatising NNPC is going to be to our own advantage and i’m also not going to enrich members of my family but my friends, are my friends not entitled to be enriched? as long as there is no element of corruption there” he said.
However some think Atiku Abubakar shouldn’t have sworn as they already knew he would make do his words following his reign as a one time Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when he saw to the privatisation of national assets like NEPA, NITEL, Nigerian Airways etc which are today described as a failure as they all hugely fell short of expectations.
With NEPA, now PHCN being the most unsuccessful of all the privatised national assets, Nigerians have called on President Muhammadu Buhari, for a blatant cancellation of the contract but the President said that the government can not just cancel the deal because of its complexity and impending consequences.
These many privatisation seen and done by Obasanjo/Atiku during their regime, has continued to ignite doubt in the hearts of Nigerians, about Atiku’s sincerity and real motive of wanting to be in the helm of power again.