Former Vice-President of Nigeria and PDP candidate in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has warned Nigeria and her leaders of the implications of the country’s rising debt profile.
Atiku Abubakar said that when he was head of the National Economic Council In 2006, the Obasanjo led administration paid off all Nigeria’s debt and it breaks his heart to see that double of that debt has been incurred in the last 4 years.
Read full his statement below
Nigeria’s debt has more than doubled from ₦12 trillion in 2015, to ₦24.9 trillion in 2019, yet we became the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Irresponsible borrowing results in unprecedented sorrowing. We mustn’t saddle future generations with debt instead of prosperity.
As head of the National Economic Council In 2006, under the leadership of ex President Obasanjo, we paid off Nigeria’s entire debt. It thus breaks my heart to see that after that sacrifice, Nigeria in the last 4 years returned to being a heavily indebted extremely poor nation.
Without the checks and balances occasioned by a truly independent and self accounting Legislature and Judiciary, as co equal and non subordinate arms of government, we will continue to have a profligate executive that borrows to sustain its greed and not the nation’s need.
As it stands today, every man, woman and child in Nigeria is now not only poorer than they were in 2015, additionally, we all individually owe more than twice what we did in 2015. We may not have participated in the profligate borrowing, but we all suffer the resultant sorrowing.