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, 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 president.
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.