Atiku blasts Nigerian leaders over ‘lack of vision’

Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar and Chair Person of Adamawa State Chapter of the APC at the party's Stakeholders' Meeting in Yola, Adamawa State

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has blamed the lack of vision by Nigerian leaders for the poor governance in the country.

Mr. Atiku spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital as Chairman at the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Progressive Governance Lecture Series, where he also noted that a lack of resources was not responsible for Nigeria’s relative under-development.

The former Vice President said Nigeria has the resources, but needs “leadership, vision and determination to make things work.”

In the speech, which dwelt extensively on health, Mr. Atiku said the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Nigeria had brought to fore Nigeria’s emergency management response strategies.

According to him, the arrival of the fatal disease called for an urgent need for adequate investments in healthcare, infrastructure and service delivery across the country.

Addressing the inconsistency between Nigeria’s resources and its performance, Mr. Atiku said the statistics were disturbing and that the outbreak of Ebola had only exposed the underbelly of our healthcare system.

He regretted that despite Nigeria’s vast resources and human capital the doctor-to-patient ratio in Nigeria was 1 to 6,400 which was far below the WHO standard of 1 to 600.

He also lamented that Nigerians had 50 per cent access to improved water source and 35 per cent adequate sanitation.

On infant and maternal mortality rate of 74 and 630 respectively, the former Vice President said the figures put Nigeria among the worst.

The former vice president said health was not a privilege, but a right which “every citizen in a modern society is entitled to.”

He explained that security and healthcare were critical areas posing urgent and grave challenges to Nigeria.

He said emphasis on healthcare education was no less important, and that it was embarrassing that in the 21st century, Nigerians would be resorting to crude solution of “soaking ourselves in salty water to fight the virulent Ebola virus.”

He also lamented the fact that “highly qualified and experienced medical professionals who were trained at public expense but chose to practice abroad.”

Mr. Atiku said there should be creative solutions to deal with this situation of investing heavily in healthcare professionals who end up serving abroad.

He explained that in a federal system, states should introduce policies that would attract doctors to serve their needs.

“There is no justification for workers everywhere in the country to earn the same salaries,” he said.


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  • etim smart

    With respect Sir, are you not one of the leader of this great country, even a past vc

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      APC Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015″. – Party Chairman.

      “We Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015”. – APC Chairman.

      “APC would make sure Nigeria doesn’t survive another four years should PDP/President Goodluck Jonathan win next year President

      • Ade

        You need to be redeemed from Satan who is the father of all liars. Shame on you for these evil concoctions.

  • Mr. Abdin

    What an observation from a visionary leader Atiku Abubakar Nigeria need a leader like you who can move this country forward, hope that we can have your type as a leader so that this country can be moved forward.

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      General Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

      Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week MONITORED said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

      The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

      While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the SECURITY situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

      According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

      “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to WIN their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win elections by force.

      “After the elections were over, they asked the boys to return the guns; the boys refused to return the guns. Because of that, the allowance that was being given to the youths by the governors during that time was stopped.

    • solomon

      Atiku is now the best since he jumped to expired APC very good but he will never rule Nigeria.

      Let me state clearly those that will never rule Nigeria no matter how much or long they shout; El rufai, Ribadu, Tinubu, Buhari and Atiku.

      Those that might have the chances are FASHOLA THE HOUSE BOY GOVERNOR, The present governor of Kano which I don’t want to write his name with my fingers because it comes with ebola, Tambuwal

      Igbo has nobody at present because nobody will ever trust them for any reason.

  • sir Oscie

    Well said Atiku. Your speech has shown how informed you are and how well you will do if elected President come 2015. Nigeria needs a leader who knows our challenges and has a plan or blue print on how to tackle this challenges.
    I know you will make a very good President for our great nation and I wish luck.


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      Ali Modu Sheriff: Me And Boko Haram.

      **I was the one that made the law prohibiting Boko Haram in Borno.
      **I was the first victim of Boko Haram in Borno State. In their first attack, they killed my brother, the same father and mother with me.

      The Former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff who was recently named to be among Boko Haram major sponsors and financier has voiced out his opinion and what he knows about the dreaded sect, he also denies the allegation levied against him by the Australian negotiator who indicted him along with former retired Army chief, Ikejirika as BH sponsors.

      Sheriff said records of his activities as governor of Borno State showed that he was against the sect, adding that anybody who links him with Boko Haram must be insane.

      His words: “The Boko Haram war as we know it today, started in 2002 in Yobe State. The first attack of Boko Haram was in 2002 in Kanama, from there they ran to Borno State. And in 2002, where was I? I wasn’t a governor. There was a sitting governor in Borno State, and there was Boko Haram. They ran away from Kanama and moved to Gwoza hill! APC UNA HEAR

      “But come to think of it, who is Mohammed Yusuf ( first leader of the group)? Yusuf had been in Maiduguri, doing his preaching and later taken to court by the Federal Government, and prosecuted in Abuja, ever before I became a governor. And who was the first casualty of Boko Haram in Borno State? It is me.

      “I was the first victim of Boko Haram in Borno State. In their first attack, they killed my brother, the same father and mother with me. That was when they fought with the military in Borno.

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        APC Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015″. – Party Chairman.

        “We Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015”. – APC Chairman.

        “APC would make sure Nigeria doesn’t survive another four years should PDP/President Goodluck Jonathan win next year President

      • sir Oscie

        I remember months back when the same you was bashing him, calling him all sort of names simply because he was in the opposition party and now that he has jumped ship he has automatically become and ANGEL.
        Is a pity that our youth easily sell their souls for few coins. I was not suppose to reply this but on the second thought if I don’t reply this misleading inform people on this forum will think you are informed not knowing you are just a paid agent doing the bidding of your pay master. Anyway be man and stand on the part of truth. Our President should do the needful to end the insurgency in the north east.
        May God heal Nigeria and save us from you, your kind and your masters.

  • Suralab

    The present administration is clueless and vision bleak, our predicament and problems becomes cumbersome because Jona is not informed about our problems, so he cant give a lasting solution to them.

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      • Suralab

        Go and get your fact before saying anything, are the Fulani responsible for Abiola’s death?

        • larry

          he just told you the truth ,but you dont seem to like it Abi ?

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      • solomon

        KUDIRAT AND ABIOLA deserved death.

  • Jones

    The 2011 presidential debate saw Jona scamper away using all lies and tricks in the books to cover his emptiness on statistics for governance. 4 years after the president of Nigeria only knows how many private aircraft that are flying in Nigeria! The 2015 elections will see Jona run to a German Hotel to ‘treat important national files’ on BH and the economy. Our GO of presidential lies Abati will say.

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  • Spoken word

    I am convinced more than ever that aribisala is on drugs

    • olibiti dobailo

      Haba Aribisala go tell that to the Marines. Jonathan has always been your hero. To us majority of Nigerians however he remains the weakest most corrupt failed head of state this country has ever had. A head is state who should never even have been a local council chairman.

      • Spoken word

        GEJ cannot even head a nursery school. PHD my foot

  • Nigerian

    The usual shit from this guy. We’ve had enough of you.
    Please take a break!

  • shina

    You dont seem to amaze me,I cringed when I read one of your article that 2015 election will be referred to as “election won in 6 weeks” bcos your hero forcefully postponed the election..GEJ is a failed president and Majority of Nigerians rejected him and his failed govt..Use your talent to write something else.

  • Patriot

    Sour grape. Wish you well with your hero. Enjoy una new life together. Buhari won 2015 Nigeria’s Presidential election that is what history will record unfortunately. Can you with all honesty remember who ran for office with JFK on the Republic party ticket without checking out? Nobody remembers the loser. Sour grape pastor.

    • Muktsa

      Nice one !

  • Wilson

    Femi, what I admire about you is not just your forthrightness, but also your courage and erudition. Not many people may agree with your verdict on Jonathan but I hope they appreciate that not all the people would agree on a matter. The culture of intolerance is beginning to define our polity and would do nobody any good.

  • Amir

    I think this man Femi may be turning G*y, and having a crush on Jonathan for an eventual relationship after presidency or some ‘nollywood’ method. Femi says he has never met Jonathan PERSONALLY, meaning he has met him through receiving pre payments from cronies!. Jonathan is a mediocre, incompetent president. You don’t know a man through watching him on television. Those who interact with Jonathan daily attest to his incapacity to lead, and inordinate penchant for failure. The overbearing attitude of the president’s wife, and his powerlessness over her embarrassing behaviours show Jonathan’s humility as fallout from a roundly suppressed personality from his own household. When he rises to a spark of presidential power and action, he acts on impulse and gets it flatly wrong. e.g. oil subsidy removal, and renaming Unilag. Television appearances can evoke emotion but such is not desired in a serious business of leading a nation to the next trajectory of development. Femi sees only Jonathan on TV, his eyes are blind to the many of Nigeria’s impoverished population who appear on the same TV programme that showed his ‘hero’. Femi certainly did not see the unemployed graduates who were sent to their early graves through the actions of this humbly careless president and his heartless ministers. Femi closes his eyes to the many Internally Displaced Nigerians fleeing the NE, Femi only dreams of meeting his hero, Jonathan, since he and his own children are safe through crumbs from ‘presidential middlemen’….Delusion syndrome.
    Anybody can be somebody’s hero. The militants, armed robbers, shop lifters, corrupt politicians, election riggers, oil subsidy thieves, businessmen, cultists, kidnappers, lazy people, pastors, men of God, fake preachers, and hired killers are all hero to some folks.
    Again, technology does not know presidents. Obama had his credit card rejected at a street side shop. Jonathan like many other folks had his (cloned?) card rejected by the Card Reader. When educated people like Femi urge presidents to tow the line of impunity and arrogance, they lay the framework for the experience of March, 28. Ask Jonathan.

    • Jika

      God bless you.

  • kwango

    When a man prefers people of questionable character than intellectuals, he is timid and lacks self confidence. Such timidity may be misunderstood by others as humility. However Nigerians expected Jonathan to use his so called ‘humility’ to connect with the poor and down trodden, but he preferred militants, and the corrupt. Incompetence, mediocrity, impunity, lack of practical intellectual capacity, dishonesty are some of the factors that blackmailed Jonathan, not Nigerians who are known worldwide to ‘worship’ their leaders in politics, business or religion.

  • i-priest

    Shameless person, Mr Femi Aribisala, parading as an educated elite. This is the man who claimed our Lord Jesus did not die for our sins and that Apostle Paul is a heretic whose epistles should not be in the Bible. Femi Aribisala shall not be included in the gathering of achievers and progressives, neither will he be counted among the righteous, by God’s Grace, unless he repents. An evil man trying to mislead people with his pen, this Aribisala.

  • Don Harris

    You forgot that GEJ never believed at that point he could lose the election with all the paraphernalia of an incumbent and mechanisms put in place to ensure victory for him,hence such preemptive action never occurred to him. You can only be omniscient to know the possible outcome of the election with such little setback, to have acted as you suggested to abort the process.

  • Nwa _ Africa

    Femi Aribisala, you cannot even go out and vote for your god Jonathan instead you chose to stay indoor and enjoy your life. Who and who do you want to vote for him, if you that is his number on supporter could not even care to vote for him? Wake up Femi, Buhari is the winner…..

  • Festus

    Aribisala you have run out of words and ideas on your Jonathan! You and your friend are not alien to the billions of naira Jonathan spent to secure people’s, votes. It just DID NOT work! So why are you lamenting? When time is up, it is just up! Please switch over to a more benefitting topic! We,v had enough of your ranting on Jonathan, Buhari and these elections! See you 2019 if you have not grounded yourself because of Jonathan.

  • riri

    You forgot how he kept sending for Jega to the point that the man himself had to cry out that they should leave him alone to do his job. You conveniently missed the points where he shared money from the booth of a car to Oba’s in a bid to win the election. Did you also have amnesia when you failed to mention that he gave Pastors money including Lords Chosen church of the chosen frozen that received N500m …yeah from his sweat abi? He performed so well that he lost the election to card reader? What a monkey you are! Listen you twerp, Nigerians voted his ass off and out! May every plan of Jonathan’s for Nigeria be done to you and your family. You writing here to validate the man who tolerated the most corruption in the history of the country shows how much you are like him.

  • Onike24

    I am convinced that Dr Aribisala is suffering some sort of psychotic breakdown.

  • Bravo Syria

    femi, femi, femi!! how many times did I call u? you’ve lost it, big time, with your all your theories and projections collapsing all over, you bullishly pile ahead sounding rather odd, so sorry, you’ve lost it femi!

  • Datti

    Of course GEJ pays Mr. Aribisalo. Remember Metuh is (was) his landlord.

    • Ben

      God bless the writer, i will also always be Jonathan supporter in and out of office, he is humility personified, a symbol of genuineness. We will see, all the promises they have made, to give daily afternoon meal to children in school and other uncountable promises.
      We are in this country.

  • Omo Owa Omo Ekun

    The reason Card Reader rejected Jonathan’s card was that his fingerprints did not match the one on the card. The registration was done on his behalf by proxy. This is one of the advantages of the card reader. At the same polling station, Jonathan’s mother, uncle and other relations were accredited by the card reader, only himself and his wife were rejected. Stick to the facts and don’t turn truth on its head

  • Shokunbi A.S

    Jonathan is truly a hero.Nothing would have happened if Jonathan rigged that election.It would have been riot in some northern states and may be Lagos for some days.Nigerians have never fought for anything even their right to “life”.Reminds me of Fela Anikulapo(Suffering and smiling).
    We seems to have forgotten how we lost all our agitations from June 12,pump price hike and fuel subsidy.
    Thank God ,he placed Jona there so that we can have a peaceful revolution.