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I will fix Nigeria’s ailing economy – Atiku





The Presidential candidate of the People ’ s Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar says his commitment is to fix the ailing Nigerian economy .
Atiku said this on Wednesday during a meeting with Igbo leaders in Enugu .

He said that he was worried about developments in the country as well as the future of the country and the legacies that would be left for generations unborn .

“ My commitment is to fix this country . I think of the future this country will have , if I do not struggle to fix it .

“ Our economy must be fixed and you can trust me and Mr Peter Obi to do it , ” he said .

The presidential candidate said that he was worried about the state of infrastructure in the South East , especially the condition of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu .

“ I am always scared coming to Enugu because of the state of the runway of the airport . What does it take to fix the runway ? A local government council can fix it if they are made viable , ” he said .

Abubakar said that the issue of restructuring the country was already settled , adding that he would not be talking about it .

“ I am a product of a restructured Nigeria . So it is a settled issue, ” he said .

The former vice president said that the comments by some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in favour of restructuring and state police were belated and deceitful.

“ Article 7 ( 2 ) of the Constitution of the APC says that the party believes in restructuring and state police but what have they done about this ?

“ We need to mobilise ourselves and vote for a ticket that will restructure Nigeria , ” he said .

Earlier , the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo , Chief Nnia Nwodo decried the state of infrastructure in the zone .

Nwodo said that the South East had not been carried along in the scheme of things in the country , adding that appointments had been lopsided .

He said that the state of infrastructure at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport was worrisome .

Also speaking , President of the Senate , Dr Bukola Saraki said that the South East was very strategic to the economic growth of the country .

Saraki appealed to the people of the zone to take away their fears and support the candidate of the PDP .

“ The South East represents the assets of the country because we need entrepreneurs and hard work to grow our economy .

“ If this economy will grow, it must start from the South East. This is your election because Atiku wants to unite the country, ” Saraki said .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by chieftains of the PDP across the zone .

NAN reports that the meeting was preceded by a nonpartisan summit convened by elders , traditional and religious leaders tagged ‘ Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond Summit ’ .

A communiqué emanating from the summit and read by Mr Olisa Agbakoba states that the people of the zone identified with the Atiku / Obi ticket on the restructuring agenda .

( NAN )

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