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Nigeria sick, PDP irresponsible, says Atiku

A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has
again lashed out at the Peoples Democratic Party-
led Federal Government for bringing untold
hardship on Nigerians with its ineffective policies.
The presidential aspirant of the All Progressives
Congress, who reviewed the country’s economy
and insecurity, concluded that Nigeria was sick
under the PDP government.
He spoke on Saturday at the inauguration of a 32-
bed hospital built by a member representing the
Ekiti Federal Constituency 1 in the House of
Representatives, Mr. Bimbo Daramola.
Answering questions from journalists, Atiku said,
“Certainly, Nigeria is not healthy. When you look
at the economy and insecurity in the country, you
will know that certainly, Nigeria is not healthy.
“The only thing that can salvage Nigeria’s situation
is to seize the opportunity to bring about a
change by voting in the APC.”
The Turakin-Adamawa also said it was
“irresponsible” of the PDP to ask the Speaker of
the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal,
to resign from his position for defecting from the
party to the APC.
The Joan Taiwo Daramola Memorial Hospital, Ire-
Ekiti with fully automated laboratory and well-
equipped diagnostic centre is to be run by the
Anglican Church that owns and runs Ile Abiye
Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
Daramola said he built the hospital as a way of
giving back to the people for entrusting him with
their mandate in the House of Representatives.
Atiku, who commended the initiative, advised the
Ekiti people not to mortgage their future for a bag
of rice.
He said, “I believe the people of Ekiti surely don’t
need stomach infrastructure. Would you forego
education for stomach infrastructure? Would you
forego healthcare for stomach infrastructure?
Would you forgo infrastructural development for
stomach infrastructure?
“Today Japan is the third economy in the world.
They don’t have the farmlands that you have in
Ekiti but they have education and technology.
Anybody who is telling you all you need is a bag of
rice is deceiving you.”
Atiku said without free education he would not
have achieved all he did and became the vice
The immediate past Governor of the State, Dr.
Kayode Fayemi, who attended the event
alongside his predecessors, Otunba Niyi Adebayo
and Chief Segun Oni, urged the people to give
priority to infrastructural development.
He said, “For us as progressives, health is wealth.
The health of our people matters to us than
simplistic and populistic sharing of public money.”
Oni described the initiative as a model that would
improve the life expectancy of the people.

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