Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday declared that his quest to become the next president of Nigeria is not worth the life of any Nigerian
He stated this during the signing of the National Peace Accord among the presidential candidates of different political parties at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The statement remains one for which many Nigerians have continued to remember and respect former President Goodluck Jonathan for.
Atiku making reference to that statement, which Jonathan made in the run during the 2015 presidential election campaigns, aligned himself with it while stressing the importance of credible elections.
Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term in office under the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), in his speech repeated his determination to ensure the Independent National Electoral Commission conducts free and fair elections. The event was organized by National Peace Committee chaired by a former military leader, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.).
Jonathan’s government has largely been described as corrupt. According to The Economist, corruption flourished under the Jonathan administration, “who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity.”
Large sums of money have been used improperly multiple times, with ₦ 3.98 trillion Naira ($20 billion USD) allegedly going missing and ₦ 398 billion Naira ($2 billion USD) of military funds allegedly dispersed amongst high-ranking officials. In addition, Jonathan was alleged to have personally ordered over ₦ 3 trillion Naira ($15 billion USD) from the Central Bank of Nigeria to support his election and other self-seeking projects under the guise of an intervention fund for national stability.
Charles Soludo, a professor of economics and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, equated Jonathan’s financial recklessness to that of former Ugandan president Idi Amin. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former Finance Minister of Nigeria, pegged Jonathan’s administration as the main cause of Nigeria’s economic woes in a lecture at George Washington University, although she later denied it.
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