Oct 1 speech: Base your criticisms on facts, Atiku replies Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration should always base his criticisms of predecessors on facts.

Atiku, who was apparently responding to Buhari’s 60th Independence anniversary speech on October 1, defended economic decisions of the President Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration in which he served as a Vice President.

The former vice president in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, @atiku, on Friday, wrote, “Between 1999 and 2007, Nigeria paid off her entire foreign debt while maintaining an unprecedented six per cent annual GDP growth.

“Those were periods of national restoration, and I am very proud of the work President Obasanjo and I did for this nation we care so much for. Facts don’t lie.”

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Buhari had in his Independence Day anniversary nationwide address singled out Peoples Democratic Party administrations beginning from Obasanjo’s in 1999 up to that of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, of presiding over the near destruction of Nigeria.

The President had boasted that none of his predecessors achieved what his regime was currently achieving with the “scarce resources” available.

Buhari had said, “No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going in spite of the disproportionate spending on security.

“Those in the previous governments from 1999 to 2015, who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticise our efforts. In the circumstances, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.”

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the late President Umaru Yar’adua, and former President Goodluck Jonathan were in charge of the country during the period referenced by Buhari.

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