Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election, has charged President Bola Tinubu with planning to install a propaganda dictatorship in the nation.
In a press release published by his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, Atiku made the accusation on Sunday.
In light of the controversy surrounding rumours that the government of the United States of Emirates had lifted the visa bar on Nigerians, the former Vice President reprimanded the first citizen.
Atiku warned Nigerians to be prepared for more in the coming weeks, calling the reported relaxation of the visa ban “Fake News” and “A tip of the iceberg.”
Shaibu noted that Tinubu had already appointed over 15 media aides with the sole aim of pushing misinformation as a policy of state and distracting Nigerians from the deep pains his administration has caused them, saying the pattern followed from his days as Lagos State Governor.
The statement read in part, “From the information available to us, Bola Tinubu is set to push propaganda to overdrive as he heads out for the United Nations General Assembly. He will claim to have attracted foreign investments amounting to $100bn but will fail to provide key details. It is all propaganda.
“It is all a load of baloney. In India, he claimed they had received pledges of over $14bn just as his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, claimed in 2018 that he had secured pledges of up to $6bn. This is nothing but audio investments.
“Last month, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited claimed they had obtained a loan of $3bn with which it would help stabilise the naira. We raised the alarm that it was all a ruse to deceive Nigerians. Now, we have been justified as the naira is now approaching $1/N1,000 on the black market.
“After his trip to the UAE, Tinubu claimed the visa ban had been lifted immediately. Now, they have shifted the goalpost after the UAE authorities revealed that the news was false. This is the sort of embarrassment Nigeria will continue to attract in this season of balablu.
“The report by Financial Times Stock Exchange revealed that Tinubu’s so-called foreign exchange unification policy was failing and Nigeria was degraded from frontier market to unclassified. Having failed to bring economic rebirth, he has now recruited over 15 media aides instead of recruiting more economic experts.”