Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said when he was the vice-president in 1999, he was responsible for deregulating the telecommunications sector which he said enabled the country to increase the number of people who could access telephones from less than a million then to over 100 million presently.
He said, “This has resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs from the top-up card vendors you see on every street corner to the many new businesses that feed off the mobile phone revolution.
“Some of you may know that I was elected as the vice-president under the banner of the PDP, which is the political party I had helped to found some 10 years before.
“And some of you may also know that I left the PDP four years ago when I believed it was no longer aligned to the principles of equity, democracy and social justice upon which we had founded it.
“We need a party that speaks to national sentiments, not regional sisters with only one mother, which is Nigeria.”
Atiku also dismissed the statement of the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who said he (Atiku) would never be President.
“Nobody knows the future other than God and to dictate what the future will be is not within man’s purview. Remember that the PDP said it would rule Nigeria for 60 years; but did they? But it is about Nigeria, not power.”
Reacting to the demand by Nigerians on social media for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the police tagged, #endSARS, the former vice-president called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to initiate reforms of the squad.
Atiku noted that there was the need for the police and other Nigerians to improve the way they relate with one another.
The former Vice-President said Nigerians were maltreated abroad because they were not well treated in their country.
He added, “We cannot complain about Nigerians being maltreated in Libya and then we maltreat Nigerians back home.’’