SIR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar during his interview on Arise TV recently was credited with seemingly disgusting remarks. In a bid to crack the chances of Labor flag-bearer Peter Obi, the former vice-president boldly declared that ‘about 90 per cent of people in the North are not on the internet’ and therefore do not hear Obi and his Labor Party mantra. If such remarks came from a candidate from the south of the country, it is likely that Atiku would have been among the first to shoot arrows in revenge for offending his region. Ideally, a leader should worry rather than rely on the plight of the masses. But could this allegation be true?
Atiku also pointed the finger at the All Progressives Congress (APC) that his government is characterized by unbalanced appointments. I agree that a main factor that has affected the current government is labor by subjective appointment. Although President Muhammadu Buhari has sound policies, however, he did not hire the best hands to translate them into results, but rather politicians after their personal interests. In fact, about 70 percent of the workforce cannot pass a skill test if they work in the private sector where skill is prioritized. How Buhari succumbed to being whitewashed with such a manpower, and still unable to reshuffle after the first term, deeply calls out reasons. Truly, this is inconsistent with the bravery and willpower that people perceived in Buhari that led to his resounding victories at the polls.
On the alleged surveillance, an indictment, if affirmative, will go to the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami who, as the nation progresses 3G/4G networks, looks forward to the rollout of 5G network to revolutionize information and communication technology alongside the economy, a key Nigerian project region with massive population is being left behind; yet to seize the vast opportunities of the digital world.
Beyond these issues, campaigns must be issue-based, primarily on the ability to save the economy from the dilemma and decay it has found itself under quack leadership over the years. All clues clearly point to danger. Recently, a musical artist, “ASA”, surprisingly “entertained” Buhari and his audience during the unveiling of NNPC Limited at the presidential villa with an unexpected hit song, “Fire on the mountain”. The singer consciously used the concert to convey a direct and strong message about the state of the nation. An oracle is not necessary to support the point because the decompositions, the cataclysms are flagrant.
Carl Umegboro, ACIArb is a public affairs analyst and social advocate.