The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of enriching family members of those in the presidency at the expense of other Nigerians.
Abubakar made the remark while rubbishing the administration’s anti-graft fight which he claimed was targeted at the opposition.
He alleged that “cronies and friends of the President caught red handed in illicit funds” were “patted in the back” while individuals in the opposition party were hunted down.
The former Vice President also condemned Boko Haram’s attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.
Abubakar’s remark was contained in a statement signed and issued by his campaign Director-General, Gbenga Daniel, on Thursday.
The statement reads: “Few hours ago, insurgents believed to be members of the terrorist organization, Boko Haram, attacked the convoy of the Governor of Borno State and my very good friend, Alhaji Kashim Shettima. Alhaji Shettima is just one of the thousands across the country whose lives have been threatened and in most cases taken away by terrorists who the federal government boldly said have been defeated few months ago.
“Children, wives, fathers, mothers, infants and several loved ones have had their lives cut short by bandits in the North Western part of the country while our brothers and sisters in the middle belt continue the unceremonious burial of family members, loved ones, children and parents in shallow graves as a result of the unchecked bloodthirst of herdsmen across the region. This is the state of Nigeria today!
“In the last four years, we have witnessed an unimaginable level of blatant disregard for the wellbeing of Nigerians by a government that places more emphasis on a caricature anti-corruption war that continues to enrich friends and families of those in the Presidency without recourse to the pains of the people.
“In the full glare of us all we witnessed as cronies and friends of the President caught red handed in illicit funds were patted in the back while individuals in the opposition party and even independent institutions were clamped down with rigour and alacrity alien to this government.
“Our nation today is one that has made it nearly impossible for an average Nigerian to feed a simple family of five. Workers and civil servants toil day and night for salaries and wages that can not afford them and their families a three square meal.
“The prices of food items in the market have skyrocketed to an unimaginable state while basic bills such as school fees, house rents among others have become a luxury affordable easily only to those who cut corners.”