2019 Presidential Debate: I'll Embarrass Atiku, Buhari - Fasua
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in handshakes with President Muhammadu Buhari. Source: Twitter.

The presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) for 2019 election, says he will embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar in the presidential debate.

Fasua said President Buhari and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Abubakar would be embarrassed by his noble ideas on how to run the country.

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The 47-year old founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics Consulting Limited, said both Buhari and Atiku have told Nigerians by their recent public presentation of their 2019 policy documents that they lacked ideas on solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

Fasua spoke at the School of Government and Politics, a Conversation on Good Governance, tagged: ”Politics and Good Governance in Nigeria”, organized by Nehemiah Apostolic Resource Centre, Abuja, on Sunday.

“I am going to embarrass them (Buhari and Atiku) with ideas because I can see that they are shallow with ideas. They don’t have many ideas.

“You can see it in the new documents that they just came out with.

“Atiku was just talking that he would privatize this, privatize that, basically telling us how he wants to come and play crass capitalism by selling NNPC and so on.

“You could see that their ideas are shallow, they haven’t started deep thought. They just believe that they are entitled to be president, they haven’t actually given a very good thought to say what difference that they are going to do about this country.

“Buhari’s document, the so-called Next Level, is also talking about how all of a sudden, they will give youth this and that, how they will give youth so and so position, how they will help women put them in so and so positions, why didn’t you do it before?

“You have four years to get it done. Even when he could have removed some of his ministers and done the right thing, he refused.

“You can’t come and cun the people, that’s the extent you can think of it, that he is just coming to deceive people and I am not sure Nigerians will want to be deceived twice in a space of four years.

“So, that’s the reason why some of us have thought deeply about it, I have thought deeply about the problems of Nigeria and I have fashioned out solutions for every sector.

“And even the superstructure of Nigeria, to say how is this country supposed to be moving forward, what kind of people are we supposed to be?”

On the controversies surrounding the minimum wage for Nigerian workers, he added, ”The issue is that emoluments of some people in this country have to come down and we have to fight the war.

“Moving this country forward will require a war. For instance, if you say emoluments of people in the National Assembly should come down, they will want to remove the president that says that.

“For the president to do that, you have to pitch them against the people of the country.

“So you have to fight that war. You can’t be living in a country some people are earning N29,000 and one senator is maybe earning N500 million or N1 billion a year, they are earning more than the president of the United States, so what are you talking about?

“You have to really settle down and think about things.

”There are even parastatals in this country where they are taking advantage simply because monies that are coming through them, they sit down and spend it anyhow, the share it and pay themselves anyhow.

“The highest pay of the highest level of director is not more than N400,000 in a month. A grade level 17, step 9, the highest level you can aspire to before you become a permanent secretary is not receiving more than N400,000 in a month and that is what some trainees earned in some parastatals, trainees who are just starting work, I’m not going to mention them.

“How is that man who is a director supposed to feel and nobody, no government is addressing that issue.

“However, the N19,800 which has been paid to them since 2010, by the time we discuss inflation as I’m talking to you now is about N7,000 in real value.

“If we want to pay our workers at the same level as they were paid in 2010 at N19,800, we have to N45,000 today. That is the value of N19,800 then, so they should actually be collecting N45,000.

“And it should be a case of ‘let’s just reach a compromise and move on.’

”It’s not because that is what we are worth, we have to have some balances with the inflationary presence in the economy and ensure that whatever you are doing, the private sector can replicate it and the states can also pay. So, it’s a massive discussion that we have to have.”