Son of Nigeria's Revered Human Rights Activist, Lawyer Gani Fawehimi Comes Hard on Country's Opposition Presidential candidate, Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, PDP Presidential Candidate
Kareem's Pick Blog, in its bid to  promote of democracy and good governance has launched a campaign,  aimed to help Nigerians make informed decision about their leaders, has on this maiden edition, features an article authored by Mr Muhammed Gani Fawehinmi, son to the late human right activist, Gani Fawehinmi, in which he took a hard stance on the profile of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. 

Mr Abubakar was former Vice President between 1999 and 2007 during which it was alleged he used his office to enrich himself and his cronies. 
This allegation was however several denied by Mr Abubakar, who insists that there has never been any single evidence that has been brought up by his accusers to incriminate him.

His former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, had for several years, and in more that 20 public foras labelled Mr Atiku as a criminal who should not be trusted with the public office.
But just recently, Mr Obasanjo, who has vowed to mobilise force to vote out the incumbent president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over perceived non-performance, took back his words of condemnation of Atiku as  he, for the first time in 12 years publicly endorsed his as candidate of the opposition PDP.

Mr Atiku had also in January made a triumphant entry into United States - a country he could not visit for over 12 years due allegation of money laundry that had  been hovering over his giant personality. 

As the campaign for 2019 gears up, there is no doubts that Nigerians have become divided over Atiku's image and credibility. Some see Atiku as a man with the carriage to make things better than Buhari, while others still felt he has too much corruption around his name.  

It was on that premise that Mr Fawehinmi shared his thought on the controversial character called Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri of Adamawa kingdom. 

The views being expressed below is not that of Kareem's Pick Blog, but Mr Fawehinmi's. 

"As  a student of history and a Unionist during  my college days we often called on Late Gani  Fawehinmi for his advise and strategies to take against the government then  or plan protest and I remember vividly well how He , Gani warned Nigerians over the absolute power given to VP,Atiku Abubakar then on privatization," said Mr Fawehinmi. 

"Even the feud between Atiku and Elrufai was what went down at the BPE.

This is how ATIKU became the "acclaimed" business man he is today.

"As Head of National Council on Privatization (NCP), from 1999, @atiku dug Nigeria's economic grave for today's extreme poverty and unemployment.

"There were over 600 federal assets when @atiku's NCP started selling.
Atiku should tell us who bought what and what was left for the country when he left power.
Eleme Petrochemical
Daily Times
Ughelli Power
Egbin Power
NICON Insurance
Transcorp Hilton Hotel
NICON Luxury Hotel
Sunti Sugar Ltd
NetCom House
Bacita Sugar Ltd

"In 2007, Onigbolo Cement operating at 500,000 tonnes per annum was sold to Dangote at N1.7Bn

"To those selling Atiku, let me remind you of @NGRSenate public hearing of August, 2011 which succinctly captures how @atiku through retinue of cohorts, fronts, shell companies, ring fenced over 70% of FG's assets through a brazen daylight robbery privatization that he supervised.

"This is nothing sensational. Its real life facts and all the Senators are alive today.

"The 2011 privatization Senate committee was made up of Senator Ahmed Lawan – Chairman, Senators Babafemi Ojudu, Philip Aduda, Mohammed Ndume, Ifeanyi Okowa, Hope Uzodinma and Mohammadu Magoro.

"Lets look at Aluminium Smelting Company, ALSCON, that Atiku privatized.
ALSCON which Nigeria built with $3.2 billion, was sold to a Russian firm, Russal, for $130million. As of the time of sale, ALSCON had received $120million for the dredging of Imo River, but was never done.

"When the Senate Seating of August, 2011 asked the Russian company the whereabouts of the $120million dredging money, the company's Deputy Managing Director, Vitaly Kuzrestov, said that the money has been used for Environment Impact Assessment." EIA kill you there.

"FG's Five percent share in Eleme Petrochemical worth USD27 million was never presented to at the National Council on Privatization before t'was sold to Indorama.
Indorama recovered this amount selling Polyethylene and Urea to the entire west Africa sub-region in just 14 months.
The Atikulate Business Theory: Sell to yourself Government assets that leaves millions in penury, to set up personal businesses that provides for a few. @Atiku didn't employ the few hundreds he employed because he likes them, he needs them to work to preserve what he took from Government.
Fam, the business acumen of Atiku you are bandying about is smelly.
A man who supervised sales of over 145 federal investments as a vice president, without a thought for today wants to be president.
He didnt revitalize them.
He didnt resuscitate them.
He sold them to whomever.
May Nigeria succeed"

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