Poverty growing in Nigeria like “hurricane” — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lambasted Nigerian leaders for doing little or nothing to address the alarming scale of poverty in the country.

Atiku urged Nigerians not to despair or lose hope because of the current challenges facing the country.

In a New Year message to Nigerians released by his media office in Abuja on Tuesday, the former Vice President said he was fully aware of the tough challenges of existence facing the ordinary Nigerians, but stressed that democracy offers the people the opportunity to use the power of their votes to bring about the desired change.

He also reminded political leaders that the success of democracy is determined by how much the life of the people have improved, and not how much fortunes leaders have made for themselves.

According to the former Vice President, “while poverty is accelerating like hurricane in the land”, elected leaders are living opulent lifestyles inconsistent with the hardships of the ordinary voters.

Atiku explained that democracy is as good as those who practice it, adding that elective offices should be perceived as an opportunity to offer selfless service rather than personal enrichment.

The World Bank’s latest poverty index, published in April, ranks Nigeria third among countries with the highest population of extremely poor people in the world.

In terms of numbers of poor people, the World Bank listed as India (with 33 percent of the world’s poor), China (13 percent), Nigeria (7 percent), Bangladesh (6 percent) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (5 percent).

In September, President Goodluck Jonathan claimed his administration had succeeded in cutting widespread poverty in the country by at least 50 per cent.

Mr. Jonathan said this while speaking at a PDP rally in Benin.

That claim was again refuted in December, by the 2014 prosperity index report, published by UK-based Legatum Institute, a research organization that documents annual prosperity indicators around the world.

The report listed Nigeria as the 125th out of 142 countries surveyed in the world.

In terms of human prosperity, the report said Nigeria ranked 27 in Africa, beaten by smaller nations like Niger, Benin, Mali and Cameroun.

Atiku said once democracy was made to work as it should, there would be no excuses for the current level of poverty in the country.

On deepening democracy, he urged all political leaders to embrace the spirit of tolerance, adding that people should not become enemies because of political differences.

He urged Nigerians to see the New Year with renewed optimism, and be active participants in the struggle to bring about change by democratic means.

Atiku urged them to register massively and collect their PVCs so that they could vote for parties and candidates of their choice.

On the current slump in world oil prices, he urged leaders to cut down on extravagant lifestyles. He explained that it is not enough to tell ordinary Nigerians to make sacrifices in the face of economic austerity, while the leaders are reluctant to evenly share the burden of such sacrifices.


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  • PROF

    What an irony ,Atiku of all people .

    • Johnson Omale

      What do you mean by ‘Atiku of all people’ were you not better during Atiku/obj time than now? Atiku is talking about the suffering of Nigerians. He even went further to say that few people in government are the ones living fat. Monkey Prof, are you one of them?

      • PROF

        Atiku is a joke . He should go to America and make this noise. Common criminal.

        • Tunsj

          He is a Nigerian and he has the right to speak his mind like you.

    • tundemash

      Not only Atiku, your jesus said similar thing yesterday. You don enter One Chance Mr. amnesty PROF.

      • PROF

        Calm down ,the world knows Atiku for what he is . lol

        • tundemash

          calm down fake prof…. the world knows corruption is “mere stealing” in Nigeria according to jesus of Otuoke !

          • PROF

            Haha ,black jesus ehh!

  • @Amuwospeaks

    Why won’t poverty grow in Nigeria, when we have more than half of the vountry’s population living below $2 daily and our president thinks it’s not important or it shouldn’t be looked into.

  • Frank

    It is glaring that President Jonathan cannot manage this country, He cannot even pay salaries, our excess crude account depleted, and with falling oil price where will He get money to do His big mouth projects He claims. And Nigeria debts is at its peak. Just handover to a competent person

  • Revolutionary

    Only a bloody revolution can save Nigeria. That clear-cut fact should be obvious by now.
    After 15 years of massive thefts of the treasury political parties are the dens of thieves.

    • disqus_5YLLEJ0MIl

      Make sure you are in Nigeria to start it.

  • Oleku

    I am really aghast by this recent outburst of Atiku–what a shameless man–Atiku has been a civil servant all his life but he’s today one of the richest men in Naija–via oil proceeds–can this mumu tell naijas how he was able to amasse such wealth within these few years–all this noise just to send Jona back to Otueke and smuggled in a jihadist–when Igbos were massacred in millions by naija oppressive forces and got just £20 from war criminal Awo they didn’t wait for government to spoon feed them–they worked their asses off and today can proudly say they are the tribe to beat in wealth and all around achievement–whereas the Mohammedans kept breeding like cows with no educational empowerment or business skills–only for their governors marrying wives for them–then blame Ijaw Jonathan for their woes–never will an octogenarian jihadist govern my backyard oil resources–best thing is we split-animals

    • PROF

      Atiku is a common thief ,can’t he go to the US ?

      • umolu

        No, he can’t .He is wanted here for money laundering.His partner in crime, the former Louisiana Congressman, Mr William Jefferson is already doing time and Atiku, a’smart’ man is still walking free and even wanting to be president!!!!

  • The Questioner

    Dear General Muhammadu Buhari:

    Three Questions for General Muhammadu Buhari…..

    • Is it true that you one of the few senior military officers in the history of Nigeria
    to fail the Command and Staff College military examination?

    • Is it true that you also failed the Senior Military Examinations in the Army?

    • Is it true that while your military colleagues, such as Ibrahim Babangida,
    Tunde Idiagbon, Theophilus Danjuma, Augustus Aikhomu and Abdulsalami Abubakar
    have military distinction after their names, such as FSS; Psc; or MNI;
    you have no military passes or distinction after yours?

    • The Questioner

      Two Questions For President Goodluck Jonathan……..

      • Is it true that you are one of the few worst dullards in Nigerian history
      who spent nine years repeating the same class at doctoral level on the
      flimsy excuse that a particular specimen you needed for biological experiment
      was scarce or not easily available?

      • Is it true that at the end of the day you did not obtain a doctoral degree on the merits,
      as suggested and published by The Economist magazine of London, but that someone
      else ghost-wrote a thesis for you (for a fee) and you then attached Ph.D to your name?

      • Is it true that on the job as President of Nigeria your cash and other assets are over 12 times
      the N295,304,420 million you reluctantly declared in the year 2007; and if yes, where did you
      get the money to acquire those personal assets in excess of your net salary as president, given
      that as a teacher, you could not have earned 295 million Naira to start with by 2007, and also given
      that both your declared and current wealth did not derive from any inheritance; ancient or modern?

    • Questioner

      Three Questions For President Goodluck Jonathan……..

      • Is it true that you are one of the few worst dullards in Nigerian history
      who spent nine years repeating the same class at doctoral level on the
      flimsy excuse that a particular specimen you needed for biological experiment
      was scarce or not easily available?

      • Is it true that at the end of the day you did not obtain a doctoral degree on the merits,
      as suggested and published by The Economist magazine of London, but that someone
      else ghost-wrote a thesis for you (for a fee) and you then attached Ph.D to your name?

      • Is it true that on the job as President of Nigeria your cash and other assets are over 12 times
      the N295,304,420 million you reluctantly declared in the year 2007; and if yes, where did you
      get the money to acquire those personal assets in excess of your net salary as president, given
      that as a teacher, you could not have earned 295 million Naira to start with by 2007, and also
      given that both your declared and current wealth did not derive from any inheritance; ancient or modern?

      • Emma

        Ha, ha, but why are Nigerian journalists not asking these critical questions?
        If i didn’t open this Premium Times website today i too will not know all these.
        These are the real questions Nigerian journalists should ask if they are serious.
        Not what is your favourite food or your favourite sport they ask everybody about.
        I will stay glue to Premium Times today – waiting for the answers to these 6 questions.

        • Amigoes

          My friend, don’t waste your time staying glued to anything. Neither man can answer these questions. What do you really expect? You expect Buhari to say, “Yes, i failed all my military exams”. Is that what you expect? Or you expect Goodluck Jonathan to say, “Yes, i have stolen so much in office that i am presently worth 5 billion Naira or thereabouts!”. You really think either man is honest to own up to these flaws and failures? Come on. You must be living in cuckoo-land.
          I’m off to catch my train. Nigeria is a failed state. Bye!

          • Val

            “I am of the firm belief and conviction that there will be no election in 2015.
            I am of the firm belief that this house of cards will collapse before 2015.
            Under Jonathan’s leadership, Nigeria as a whole has become a titanic ship
            on sail to hit the iceberg and sink”.

            ……Pastor Tunde Bakare
            (January 20, 2013)

      • warry

        At Phd level, I think it is more of research and a lot of factors do come in to play. It could be from the research fellow or the supervisor, or even the nature of the research. Please delays are not uncommon

      • disqus_5YLLEJ0MIl

        seriously, you are dull!

    • umolu

      After asking those questions, can you answer my only one question? Do you know what all those abbreviations mean, fss, mni, psc? All who bear these are not academically endured . Anybody can be nominated to attend National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies and wear the appendage, member, national institute(mni); it doesn’t mean a thing . Let us discuss relevant issues, my friend. Academic excellence and social recognition alone are not enough. Character matters. You have a first class degree and you are a thief, your degree is worthless. That is why most degrees are awarded as ‘in character and in learning’.

      • McAlfred Uta

        There is a basic academic qualification in the constitution – WASC/GCE ‘O’ Level. GMB should at least submit that instead of affidavit. The Military qualifications psc, fss or whatever are not known ton the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • warry

    In serious countries there is a correlation between Population growth and poverty. I doubt if we are knowledgeable enough, or have the courage to advice ourselves

  • Dr Williwilli

    The Alternative
    ############
    President Jonathan, Phd, may not be the best Nigerian for the President’s job, but he does have huge economic power and economic influence which are undeniably most invaluable. However, to present a Mohammed Buhari as an alternative, smacks of retrogressive despair and ridiculous weirdness that defies logic and has made Nigeria an object of mockery in the committee of Nations.

    …For an individual (Buhari) who aspires to be president of about 200m people to refuse to submit his educational certificates but an affidavit of basic education is not only crude but smacks of the depth of decay and mediocrity to which certain elements wish and hope to plunge Nigeria into.

    …that a country that has produced Professors at Harvard, Oxford, UNN and other great Universities of the world, as well as professionals at the top of many Global institutions, will condescend to the level of picking an uneducated Coup plotter, is not only bemusing but scandalous…Scandalous indeed!

    Countries of the world are a reflection of their leaders. If we placed Jonathan & Buhari on stage while pulling of our garments of cowardice, religious & ethnic bigotry, self aggrandizement, fear of being sacrificed as Dogs & Baboons etc, who would you vote for on the basis of qualifications, antecedent performance etc?

    • Naomi

      @ Dr. WilliWilli,

      If Goodluck Jonathan is an academic fraud he really should be behind bars, to be honest.

    • tundemash

      and Dumbo’s “huge economic power and economic influence” are …..?

  • ceweeco projects

    There is always an angle from which an absolute truth may appear askew just as there is always a personal emotion, or a personal agenda, which alienates the ultimate good of mankind. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Let us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction. Liars are always ready to take oaths. NO wonder Akitu is always shouting Allah, Allah.

  • Onyebuchi

    Bla, bla, bla. Six weeks to presidential election, the question remains: Where is Bokohari’s agenda, his programme, his policy plan to rule Nigeria apart from from his solid support for Sharia law and its extension to all parts of Nigeria? And running Nigeria the way he ran PTF (Party Time for Fulanis): using one consultancy ran by his in-law, late Ahmed Salihijo, to identify, evaluate, cost and approve all PTF projects, 2/3 of which were sited in the North.

    • Comfortkay

      Chineke look at this Niger Delta man did you go to school? What is the headline? People like you have to start parking your load because your party will not win the next election. We all know you to be one of the agent of People Destruction Party (PDP), stop threating us on this forum.

  • Bosun Cole

    Editor Premium Times,

    Jonathan’s Assets due for Probe

    Mr Goodluck Jonathan’s total salary per year as president of Nigeria is ₦14.4 million.
    Now discount the two and a half years he was in Aguda House as the Vice President,
    and allocate this same salary to him since the year 2007, it would mean he’s so far
    earned ₦107.8 million in total, which is just one-tenth (10%) of a billion Naira.

    if he never spent one kobo out of his salary since the year 2007 he’ll have ₦107.8 million.
    So how could he have been worth ₦295million in less than two years as a Governor,

    and in all the preceding years as a teacher and a civil servant without having ever set up

    a profit-making enterprise throughout his working life?

    • tundemash

      Keep it up …. your stove and bag of rice will be sent after Feb. 2015 election.

  • Encore

    Mr Goodluck Jonathan’s total salary per year as president of Nigeria is ₦14.4 million.
    Now discount the two and a half years he was in Aguda House as the Vice President,
    and allocate this same salary to him since the year 2007, it would mean he’s so far
    earned ₦107.8 million in total, which is just one-tenth (10%) of a billion Naira.

    If he never spent one kobo out of his salary since the year 2007 he’ll have ₦107.8 million.
    So how could he have been worth ₦295million in less than two years as a Governor,
    and in all the preceding years as a teacher and a civil servant without having ever set up
    a profit-making enterprise throughout his working life?

    • Seachange 2015

      ‘GENERAL BUHARI IS NOT ELECTABLE AS PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA’

      ……………………….SAYS MALLAM NASIR EL-RUFAI

      Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that he has remained perpetually unelectable
      because his record as military head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians
      have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already
      well-known.

      In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father to enter Nigeria,
      unchecked, at a time the country was exchanging old currency for new. Against all canons
      of legal decency, he used retroactive laws to execute three young men for drug-peddling
      after they were convicted by a military tribunal and not regular courts of law.

      Buhari was so high handed that he gave himself and his officials immunity even from truthful reporting.
      That obnoxious Decree 4, against which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists
      and attempt to cow the media as a whole. That tyrannical legislation shows the essence
      of his intolerance; and these are facts of recent history.

      ….. Press Secretary to Mallam El Rufai

      [Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye: April 4th, 2011]

      • Ms. Kunbi Onisemo

        In his heart of hearts, does Yemi Osinbajo truly endorse General Buhari’s records here?
        Or, Yemi Osinbajo is just a greedy opportunist looking for a pole vault into the Aso Villa?

        • tundemash

          So anyone aspiring to be a V.P. is greedy in your warped opinion ?

    • Comfortkay

      You forget to add his pension as a governor.

      • Bosun Cole

        But is a governor’s pension more than gross salary income? Is Jonathan’s pension not
        already offset by awarding him a president’s salary since 2007, even as vice president?
        Okay, add it as 50% of a president’s salary and you’ll get is no more than ₦111.7million.
        How does that explain his 2007 declared asset of ₦295millionin the year 2007?

        • Comfortkay

          You have a point there.

        • warry

          The question is Buhari’s qualifications. However, you cannot be too sure that neither Jonathan nor his wife has no other source of Income. I remember Yar adua saying he inherited certain Sums he declared

          • Shaun

            @ Warry,

            Muhammadu Buhari is a failed officer of the Nigerian Army without a meritorious service star.
            To invite a failed officer, like him, to run a failed State (Nigeria) is sure-fire recipe for utter chaos.

          • Tonnero

            You are a drunken nincompoop. You think Buhari got his generalship during Dumbo’s time when all you need is the right ethnic group and ability to funnel money upwards? You can still see the military bearing in his leanness and his directness. No politics there. Now run along and go play with your toys, boy.

  • Chris1408

    Even the birds in the sky are flying out of Nigeria due the hunger caused by GEJ transformation agenda

    • endingNaija

      Chris 1408, you have my vote for the most brilliant and apt statement of the year! Even the birds of the air have found Nigeria under President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar unattractive! Oh my God! If birds leave our God given skies what should we Nigerians do with our votes in 2015 so that the birds can at least do a re-think and come back to beautify our skies? USE OUR VOTES TO VOTE OUT PRESIDENT JONATHAN IN 2015-period! Thanks Chris 1408 for your brilliance-God Bless and Happy New Year in Advance!

      • Chris1408

        Thanks my brother and wishing you 2015 of success and prosperity

    • Guguru

      Chris,

      very true.

  • Sola

    It is interesting reading this quote from Former Vice President Atiku. According to the former Vice President, “while poverty is accelerating like hurricane in the land”, elected leaders are living opulent lifestyles inconsistent with the hardships of the ordinary voters”. This unrepentant Former Vice President knew this when he was in government stealing as much public money as he can with impunity, Nigeria is always a funny country where the thiefs are boasting around with their “agbada”. What has this man done during his tenure in office to improve the lifes of the poor Nigerians? What a shameful character ! !

  • Okey

    Turakin, how can poverty alarmingly not grow when leaders looted us blind through the PTDF-MOFAT Accounts ?

    • Sandra

      These band of new age APC “saints” believe they can pull the wool over our eyes!! They have a shocker waiting for them come Feb 2015!

  • the truth

    Atiku a jokestar, comedian in chief. The same man that looted from nipost to customs to vice presidency, now preaching and people heeding to the message. Why can’t commenters think with their brains for once, where is the blame for our state governors, can we realistically say only gej can solve all this issues without holding our state and local government leaders accountable.Your local government and state government is closer to the people than the federal government. A situtation where a governor receives 10 billion and decides to mismanage that money, we should blame gej for it too, or a lga chairman squanders money meant for portable water that too should be gej’s fault. Think for once people

    • tundemash

      when the head is rotten ……….
      The state govs don’t control agencies of anti-corruption nor do they control the police, army, sss, customs.
      The state govs did not declare corruption as mere stealing !

      Atiku mere repeated what Dumbo said yesterday.

      • the truth

        bro please read where i said no reply. I have told u on more than 10 occasions i am a neutral follower of nigerian politics. You and i know i am highly critical of the government when the need arises. So trying to intertwine me in any politics is wrong. I am a neutral observer.

        • tundemash

          You are delusional hence you claimed ” i am a neutral follower of nigerian politics.”.
          The only thing we know you for online is you are an ethnic bigot, a career liar and someone who thinks he’s clever enough to f00l people but instead displays his foolishness!

        • Guguru

          the truth,

          You are a neutral follower who attacks anyone critical of jonathan, right?

  • tundemash

    Atiku , you are just repeating same obvious reality Dumbo said yesterday, as usual, in a church.

    • the truth

      propaganda from hell, nigerians are iser

      • tundemash

        cl0wn …. i thought you were neutral …. why not leave the denial of the story to your paymasters Doyin Okupe, Reno and Abati. This was a story in yesterday’s The PUNCH.

        You are a drowning e-rat whose fantasies is fast disappearing. A few years ago, we used to have Daniel Kanu and his band of e-rats too telling us Abacha is the messiah and they have all gone into oblivion today so shall you after Feb.2015. The only thing you would have to show your generations unborn is the South African stove as their heritage; make sure you store it properly!

      • tundemash

        Creek monkey…. i thought you were neutral …. why not leave the denial of the story to your paymasters Doyin Okupe, Reno and Abati. This was a story in yesterday’s The PUNCH.

        You are a drowning e-rat whose fantasies is fast disappearing. Even with photographic evidence staring you in face, you are still in self-denial .
        A few years ago, we used to have Daniel Kanu and his band of e-rats too telling us Abacha is the messiah and they have all gone into oblivion today so shall you after Feb.2015. The only thing you would have to show your generations unborn is the South African stove as their heritage; make sure you store it properly!

    • Guguru

      Tunde,

      Nice job. Let Jonathan have “the truth”.

  • Chief Thomas

    Editor Premium Times,

    Yoruba society is under threat

    Deepening poverty aside, something else more insidious is tearing up Yoruba society.
    If Yoruba unity ends up being destroyed Yoruba Muslims must take 100% of the blame.
    The Muslims’ new but invidious and un-enlightened ‘ideology of separateness’;
    close in practice to apartheid, is tearing up the fabric of Yoruba society, forever.

    That is the truth educated Yoruba people are too bashful to confront. But whilst they hide
    their heads in the sands; like ostriches at noon, Yorubaland now fissures so badly that
    communal peace is being violently threatened by those hard done by.

    No day passes in Lagos state today without corpses of those killed by armed youths
    littering the streets. In Ijora, two days ago, a whole street was raided house to house.
    A day before, armed youths invaded a whole street in Iganmu, killing several people.
    Day in day out Apapa Road and Otta neighbourhoods are turned grisly red with blood,
    with gunshots ringing out every night, besides routine reprisal murders occurring at noon.
    Against this orgy of murders, Lagosians have no solution. Islam divides Lagos into halves.

    • tundemash

      religious bigot …… get lost !!!! If people are being killed, are the security agencies (police, army, SSS) alos peopled by muslims alone ?

      Keep getting high on that poor an’s opium: religion !!

    • concerned9ja

      You are an asshole. You and Jonathan have lost it. An average Yoruba man is tolerant of other religions. All we need is development and progress. Go and spread that in the creeks of Ijawland.

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  • McAlfred Uta

    Atiku is not the proper candidate to relay this message to suffering Nigerians. Just recently during the APC presidential primaries he allegedly shared tons of dollars running into billions of Naira. This is after the slump in oil prices. How can he admonish others to avoid extravagant lifestyle. Today Atiku is a billionaire without reasonably doing any known legitimate business other than high level corruption during the first tenure of OBJ for which Baba continuously calls him thief day in day out. Anyway, lets accept the message not the Messenger.

  • Atiku you are among those who killed nigeria economy , you embezzled nigeria money and used money and build mansion in america and others things you know . So now , what are you talking about . deceiving people that you are innocent or what , stop fooling yourself ok

  • MushinSpeaks

    Our President Jonathan has done nothing to lift poverty off our face; youths remain unemployed; corruption is on the increase; insecurity and insurgency reigning high in the land. No sane citizen can be comfortable with this.

    CHANGE we need 2015!

  • abbadd

    And we all know the results of hurricane are really bad.