Nigerians criticize Atiku for planning to sell NNPC

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Many Nigerians have taken to the social media to criticize plans by the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), if elected.

Although there has been a lot of argument for the restructuring of the NNPC, Nigerians are worried that Atiku, one of the richest politicians in Nigeria, may end up selling the corporation to himself or his cronies in a move reminiscent of the failed privatisation of the National Electric Power Authority(NEPA), NICON-Hilton hotel, Nigerian Telecoms company(Nitel) and a host of others.

Atiku’s economic roadmap for Nigeria, called Atikuplan outlined plans to fully privatise the state-owned petroleum behemoth which it describes as inefficient.

Atiku also restated his plans to sell NNPC at a townhall meeting in Kaduna on February 20, arguing that the NNPC had failed to serve the purpose for which it was established in 1977.

Meanwhile, #NNPC is trending on Twitter as Atiku’s comments spark widespread criticisms from those opposed to his ideas.

See some tweets below:


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