What differentiates Atiku from Buhari ― Gbenga Daniel
•Urges Nigerians to save country from looming disaster
Director General, Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has drawn distinctions between Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that Nigerians had a choice, in Saturday’s poll, to make between development and advancement and another four years of misdirection and maladministration.
Contained in his “State of the Nation Address”, issued on Thursday, Daniel said Atiku offered the hope to jobs, good healthcare, better security, and good life as against unemployment, blatant disregard for the wellbeing of Nigerians, skyrocketed cost of living, hardship, lack of direction and knowledge to run the country that Buhari represented.
According to Daniel, the current state of affairs pointed to a looming disaster which should not be allowed to continue for another four years.
He further likened the choice between Atiku and Buhari as being between a healthy and sound minded Nigerian and a man who needed rest and to attend to his health; a choice between one with a sound business mind and technological exposure to against Buhari with analog mentality.
“It is a choice between a detribalized Nigerian who doesn’t see ethnic, religion or regional difference but Nigerian. A man who married across all the regions of the country, love and treat all equally and a man who sees us as a nation of 95% and 5%.
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A man who sees us as a divided nation that must be conquered with divide and rule. Again, we need the former Vice President to repair our fragile unity and focus us all on the path of collective development.
“It is a choice between an healthy and sound minded Nigerian who has the capacity to carry out the duties of the office of the President of the Federal Republic without annexation of same to some group of individuals named cabals and a man who is better left to take a long rest and attend properly to his health concern without holding us all to ransom and having those who are neither elected or appointed dictate and share the duties of the office of the President without accountability,” he added.
In particular, Daniel averred that Wednesday’s attack of the convoy of the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, and killings by herdsmen showed the high level of blatant disregard for the wellbeing of Nigerians by the Buhari government under the guise of “caricature” anti-corruption war.
The address further read, “Our nation today is one that has made it nearly impossible for an average Nigerian to feed a simple family of five. Workers and civil servants toil day and night for salaries and wages that can not afford them and their families a three square meal.
“The prices of food items in the market have skyrocketed to an unimaginable state while basic bills such as school fees, house rents among others have become a luxury affordable easily only to those who cut corners.
“Fellow countrymen and women, I feel this pain as well. Not just as a Nigerian but also as a businessman with hundreds of people on my salary schedule. I have watched many breakdowns as a result of these hardships and I have seen many businesses and corporate organizations close shops as a result of bad government policies.”
“And this is why this election is not about political parties or just an individual. It is about us as people. Nigerians who live in Nigeria and are the direct victims of this lack of direction and knowledge of how to run the country by those in power today.
Make no mistake, Nigeria cannot continue on this path for another four years. Nigeria cannot survive another four years of this misdirection and maladministration.”