A former vice president and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has told President Muhammadu Buhari that only good plans and not promises would get Nigeria working again.
Reacting to a policy document launched by the president Sunday through a statement by his campaign organisation, Atiku likened the document to promises and not a plan capable of moving Nigeria forward.
Entitled ” The Next Level”, the document that was launched contains the president’s agenda, if he is re-elected for second term next year.
But Atiku pointed out that the document is “vague on policy and big on promises, adding that the “promises are not more than next level of propaganda”.
According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to the launch of the so-called ‘Next Level’ campaign initiated today by the Buhari campaign and we congratulate them even as we make bold to ask one or two questions as part of our efforts to run an issue-based campaign.
“Reading through the presentation, we note that it is very vague on policy and very big on promises. Promises are cheap. Anyone can make promises and indeed, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress did make quite a number of promises which they either denied or did not fulfil, such as the promise to create 3 million jobs per annum and to equalise the value of the Naira with the dollar.
“However, policies are the plans and roadmaps that will be used to achieve those promises. Promises made without policies are like a house without a foundation, they will fall. And we have seen proof of that in Nigeria in the last three years.
“Without a concrete policy, these ‘next level’ promises are nothing more than next level propaganda. We counsel the Buhari campaign that the time for propaganda has gone and Nigerians are now interested in proper agenda.
“In fact, the feedback we have received from Nigerians is one of alarm. Over the last three and a half years of the Buhari administration, Nigeria was officially named as the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Nigerians are asking if this administration is planning ‘next level’ poverty for them?”
He enumerated what the nation is going through under Buhari’s government, saying: “uUnder this government, 11 million Nigerians have lost their jobs and the administration is so panicky that it has refused to fund the National Bureau of Statistics to release the latest unemployment numbers. Nigerians are asking if this administration is planning ‘next level’ unemployment for them?
“Under Buhari, the value of the Naira has been so devalued that Bloomberg rated the Naira as the worst performing currency on earth. The nation wants to know if this government plans ‘next level’ devaluation of the Naira for them?”
The Waziri Adamawa said: “In 2018, Transparency International announced that Nigeria made her worst ever retrogression in the Corruption Perception Index moving 12 steps backwards from 136 under the Peoples Democratic Party to 144 under Buhari. Nigerians are asking if this administration is planning ‘next level’ corruption for them?“The so-called ‘next level’ launch was an anti-climax in that it just exposed the fact that all that the Buhari government is promising Nigerians is more of the same. If the state of the average Nigerian has not improved in the last three and a half years, more of the same is obviously not what they need.”
The former Vice President, however, called on Nigerians not to lose hope, but to await the launch of his plans, which would cetainly salvage the country.
“Remember those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Atiku has a plan. Atiku means jobs and at 12 noon on Monday, November 19, 2018, you will hear from the man with the plan,” he said.