$1.5b Portharcourt Refinery Rehabilitation: Is Atiku’s Remarks Justified?

The Federal Government’s plan to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery in order to operate at full capacity presented former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar with a golden opportunity to lend a scathing remark.

Thankfully, he did that with some precision, good statistics and cross comparisons. As the presidential flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election, and the possibility of another ticket in 2023, Atiku Abubakar has all the rights to question the government and its activities.

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

However, like the saying goes, “he who comes to equity, must come with clean hands,” a peep at how the PDP government under which Atiku served as Vice President and Olusegun Obasanjo as President presents a moral issue of a sort for the former VP.

For sixteen years, it is on record how a whooping $16b for the Power sector remain unaccounted for. The same greed that is playing out in the form of inflated costs in Buhari administration (for instance the reconstruction of Abuja-kano expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan road project), was also very much evident under the PDP.

However, while we should never praise backwardness, and even as we seek for a better Nigeria, Atiku’s remarks is made in the light of being an opposition figure who will keep mute were he to be in power. Hence, he has the right to speak, but obviously no moral grounds to judge.

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