A former governor of Niger state Babangida Mu’azu Aliyu has taken a swipe at the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying healthy people do not have to prove it.
Telescope.ng reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain’s comment came hours after a workout video of Tinubu emerged wherein the former APC flagbearer dismissed claims that he is unfit to govern the country.
But speaking on Monday, September 3, during the flag-off of the PDP presidential campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun state, the former governor took a swipe at Tinubu, saying such is not needed if one is healthy.
He said: “I was looking through newspapers today, and I saw a picture of somebody trying to prove he is healthy,” he noted in a veiled reference to Tinubu’s video. If there is health, we don’t need to tell people that we are healthy, but we are aware that Atiku is the healthiest of the presidential candidates in this country.”
He lamented the economic challenges in the country as well as the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) but said the PDP presidential candidate will fix the challenges if elected next year.
Aliyu added: “The economy, there is extreme poverty in the land, therefore, members of PDP and fellow Nigerians, on the day in February, elect Atiku Abubakar because the development of any nation depends on the education of that country.
“You have seen what has happened to us, today, our students in the public universities have been at home for more than seven, eight months. Many of our secondary schools are so dilapidated that they cannot serve as secondary schools.
“Our elementary schools, there is no country that has over 20 million children out of school and you expect to be developed, only an Atiku Abubakar presidency can help us solve this problem.”
According to him, the rising oil theft in Nigeria is a call for concern, questioning why the Federal Government has been able to track the perpetrators.
The PDP chieftain said: “We are expected to every day produce 2.1 million barrels of crude oil, but only last month, we were able to produce 900,000, it has gone as low as 600,00.
“What is happening to the rest? Some people are stealing it, are we saying that the current government does not know those who are stealing it? They know, therefore, voting for Atiku Abubakar is saving, is rescuing, is developing Nigeria.”