The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has restates his commitment in privatizing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), if elected President on Saturday presidential poll.
While interacting with stakeholders from the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State at the trade fair complex on Wednesday, Atiku said his determination to sell the national assets was due to the fact that NNPC has since inception in 1963 failed to meet its expectation of refining crude oil for the country’s consumption. He explained:
“Its 63 years Nigeria found crude but up till now we are yet to refine petrol and kerosine by ourselves.
“We have refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt but saboteurs stopped them from working.”
The PDP presidential candidate insisted he will sell off the NNPC to provide more development, stressing his decision is against the backdrop that only very few are benefiting from the operations of the national asset at the expense of the masses.
Atiku challenged President Muhammadu Buhari, who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum, to relinquish the running of the NNPC to ordinary people to show his level of sincerity.
Contrary to the widespread rumors that he will sell the NNPC to himself, the former Vice President said: “The NNPC will be sold to Nigerians with money to buy it.”
He also said his government will not be run by any cabal such as experienced by the present government.
He averred that the present government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has inflicted the nation with pains and poverty because according to him, the President is not in charge.