State of the nation: Nigeria’s greatest national security threat is poverty – Atiku

Amidst several security threats across the country, ranging from boko
haram killings, kidnappings, Fulani herdsmen attacks, banditry, Islamic
Movement of Nigeria (IMN), violent protests, and many more, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has disclosed that the
greatest among all security threats in the country, is the rising wave of poverty
that has remained unchecked among Nigerians.
The former Vice President reflecting on the state of the nation,
observed that the most dangerous dimension to the poverty ravaging the
country, was that of the financial capacity of industrialists,
businessmen and factory owners, who provide employment to the teeming
youths, which according to him has reduced drastically.
Atiku said that there was an urgent and compelling need for institutions of
the Nigerian State to understand that it is an appalling dereliction
of duty, to stand idly by and allow misery multiply in the populace.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, the former Vice
President noted that the recent report by the United Nations
Development Programme, published on July 11, 2019, which established
that over 98 million Nigerians are living in multi-dimensional
poverty, was a frightening corroboration that poverty had become the
fastest growing venture in Nigeria, in the last four years.
Atiku, specifically lamented on the drastic reduction in the wealth of
employment providers, noting that, the situation was no longer a
grassroots problem, and was a confirmation that the failure of the
nation’s economy over the last four years, affected everyone from top
to bottom.
“Four years ago, Aliko Dangote, Nigeria’s richest man, was worth $25
billion. However, his net worth in 2019, is less than half of that. He
joins thousands of industrialists whose wealth and their ability to
produce, has eroded in recent years, and continue to do so.
“With the National Bureau of Statistics reporting a net job loss of
over six million since 2015, we see that if industrialists have their
wealth eroding, it affects their ability to create opportunities,
which means that the trickle-down effect gradually dries”, Atiku said.
Speaking further, he stressed that: “The greatest national security
threat Nigeria faces in 2019, is not boko haram/ISWAP or bandits. It is
that we have created the largest wave of poverty in human history. And
the world is noticing, hence Foreign Direct Investment is shifting
from Nigeria to Ghana, making Ghana the top recipient of FDI in West
Africa, in the last year.”
Also, in the wake of the UNDP report, Atiku is saddened by the
nonchalance of those he alleged led the country into the supposed
poverty crisis.
He said: “It is as though they think that as long as they and their
families are not among those 98 million extremely poor Nigerians,
things can carry on as before. But that cannot be allowed to be the
Atiku used the medium to call on all Stakeholders who have the
ability, including the Council of State, all former Leaders,
Elder-Statesmen, and especially the other arms of government, to
“begin to collaborate for solutions, before the number increases from
98 million, to all 198 million Nigerians.”
“We must remember that we are Stakeholders in the Nigerian project.

Stakeholders who must speak up for those 98 million people who are
losing their voices to poverty”, Atiku added.