By Sir Don Ubani;KSC, JP,
Okwubunka of Asa,
PDP, Abia State.
27th October, 2018.
The Economist of London is a very reputable English language news magazine. Established by James Wilson in 1843, the Magazine is known for its matter-of-fact policy, attitude and approach. The Magazine has no time for sentiments. It says it the way it is, without minding whose ox might be gored.
To make sure the Magazine is unmistakably guided and focused, there is an important Department called Economist Intelligence Unit; E I U.
The E I U has the professional responsibility of making sure that before any thing, especially something of strategic importance, is published by the Magazine, it must have been critically analyzed and profoundly scrutinized so that the end product must be truth founded on the basis of facts and figures. The Economist of London has indisputably proved itself to be a Global Institution.
As a Global Institution, there is no country it does not beam its searchlight on. Nigeria is not an exception.
About two months ago, the Magazine had predicted, in one of its editions, that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress would lose in 2019 general election. This prediction was made before the National Convention of the main opposition Political Party; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which was held at Port-Harcourt, Rivers State and which produced a former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar, as its Presidential Candidate for 2019 Presidential Election.
In its current edition, The Economist, ever known for its characteristic consistency, came out boldly with a more specific prediction on 2019 Presidential Election in Nigeria. It categorically stated that Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will defeat and succeed incumbent President Buhari.
According to the Magazine, the prediction is indisputably based on realities of current joblessness and poverty pervading the country, which the APC government of President Buhari has visibly proved itself incapable of addressing.
With a devastating record of incapability to manage the country’s economy, the attendant results of which are joblessness and insecurity, Nigeria, under President Buhari, has become in dire need of rescue.
There is no gain saying the fact that Atiku Abubarkar, having successfully chaired the National Council that supervised privatization of public companies under President Olusegun Obasanjo and also being a very successful businessman, ranking as one of the highest private employers of labour in the country, is in a far better position than Buhari to put a stop to the country’s economic quagmire and revitalize the economy and, therefore, make Nigeria a good place to, once again, live in.
The fact that Atiku Abubarkar has already picked Mr Peter Obi as his running mate, speaks volume of his preparedness and determination to rewrite the economic woes and attendant gruesome security challenges the APC government has recklessly thrown the Nigerian State into.
Atiku Abubarkar knows the problems of the Nigerian people. Unlike President Buhari who refused to leave the comfort of his presidential residence in Aso Villa to campaign for his Party’s presidential ticket but rather cooked up figures as results of his Party’s direct primary election, Atiku Abubarkar criss-crossed the thirty-six States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja interacting with Nigerians and soliciting their support. He knows Nigerians and their challenges.
As the Holy Bible puts it, there is time for every thing on earth. Nigerians are going through the most suffocating and debilitating economic and security hardship. True to the infallible prediction of The Economist of London, 2019 will usher in Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar and Mr Peter Obi as President and Vice, respectively and there will be songs of praise in their mouths.
Okwubunka of Asa.