The former vice president, Atiku Abubakar celebrated his 70th birthday on Friday November 25 with significant landmarks on his life and achievements.
His love for Nigeria and the development of the country as a better place for all has proven his intention to rule as the president of Nigeria. Despite series of controversies his faced in his political career, Atiku remains consistent on vying for the post of presidency.
Below are 6 reasons the former VP could be a good choice as president.
1. He seems to have love of the country at heart
Atiku’s unrelenting race for the presidency has professed his love for his nation, Nigeria.
Moreover his investments, property in the country speak volumes about his belief in the growth and progress of the nation.
2. He is a man with a large heart for the less privilege
Atiku is a leader with the feelings for humanity, which birth his unrelenting concern for the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs)
He said: “As I clock 70 years this year, all my activities will be dedicated to the cause of the Internally Displaced Persons, not only Adamawa, but in Borno, Yobe and other IDPs camps spread across the country.”
He implored all his admirers who wish to identify with him as part of his 70th birthday to channel them to the IDPs.
3. His leadership experience in Nigeria politics
Atiku’s eight years administration under Olusegun Obasanjo reformed the economy to become more productive, diverse and globally competitive. This is why Atiku can confidently say boost of his administration.
He said: “By the time we left office in 2007, our economy was ranked 31st in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which was estimated to be about $500 billion (estimate included both formal and informal economy). It became the second biggest economy in Africa.”
4. He effectively managed public enterprises in the country
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His administration as the vice president is one of the most courageous and ambitious privatization programmes ever embarked upon in recent times.
He sold off scores of unprofitable and inefficient public enterprises, in order to relief the federal government of the unnecessary burden of running businesses.
5. His ability to enforce good laws
As a vice president, Atiku administration refocused government’s attention on making laws and good policies with a conducive atmosphere for businesses to flourish.
This was the time the minimum capital base of banks was increased in order to make the Nigerian banks stronger, healthier and globally competitive. The numbers of banks were dropped from 89 to 25.
6. He has the experience in handling insurgency
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Due to a similar experience of insurgence his administration faced in 2002, Atiku could boldly say that “If I were the President of Nigeria when Boko Haram erupted, I could have used all means at my disposal to avert it.”