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National grid crash, metaphor for collapse of Nigeria under Buhari – Atiku

THE presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections Atiku Abubakar has said the incessant collapse of the country’s electricity grid is a true reflection of the nation’s condition.

In a statement he published on his verified Facebook Page on Monday, the former vice president said he expected the citizens to ‘collapse’ the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) through the ballot in the coming polls.


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“The darkness that has enveloped the nation in the last couple of days with the collapse of the national grid is a metaphor for the collapsing state of our nation: collapsing unity, collapsing security, collapsing economy, collapsing education, collapsing well-being and collapsing value of human life and dignity. 

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“My expectation is that Nigerians will collapse the ruling APC in kind via the ballot and enthrone a viable pathway for the New Nigeria of our dreams that will be united and stable, prosperous and awash with opportunities; secured and inclusive. As One, we can get it done.” 

On Sunday, many cities in the country were in darkness because the national grid collapsed for the fifth time in 2022.

Many Nigerians live and conduct their businesses without electricity, which is the main source of power.

The former vice president also spoke about challenges in the education sector, where the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and related unions in the nation’s public universities have been on strike for months, forcing students to remain at home.

Many parts of the nation have been killing fields for terrorists and other gunmen who have also abducted hundreds for ransom in the past year.

The country is currently witnessing unprecedented divisions among its nationalities, a situation which many Nigerians believe is a result of misrule by the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.



    Similarly, persistent rising inflation has battered the country’s economy, resulting in increased living costs for its population.

    The ICIR recently reported how food prices have risen by 100 per cent under the government.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Government has kept lauding itself over its efforts in tackling insecurity and epileptic power supply which it inherited from its predecessor.

    It has also praised itself for improving education and the economy, but many Nigerians believe the government is leaving the sectors worse than it met them.


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