Reject Buhari, reject decay, vote for Atiku – Speaker Dogara


Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday called on his countrymen to reject President Muhammadu Buhari and vote overwhelmingly for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, arguing that Buhari has crumbled Nigeria with bad leadership. 

He said Nigerians should free themselves from the shackles of a leadership characterized by failure.

According to Dogara, Atiku has a proven record of success in whatever endeavour he ventures into.

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He was speaking at the wedding reception of his nephew Hassan Ishaya Hassan and Mafeng in Abuja with the PDP Presidential candidate in attendance.

Speaker Dogara said facts and figures show that Atiku is the right candidate that can uplift Nigeria from the present state of decay.

That decay, he argued, was made possible by Buhari’s bad leadership.

PDP Presidential Candidate & Former Vice President, Alhaji  Atiku Abubakar(3rdright),Speaker of the House of Representatives,Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara(right), his wife Mrs. Gimbiya Dogara, the groom & Speaker’s nephew Hassan Ishaya Hassan & the Bride Mafeng   at their wedding reception in Abuja on 15th  December, 2018. Photo: Speaker’s Media Offic

“If you look at Wazirin Adamawa as a leader in this country, and if you were to make summation of the people he has grown across Nigeria, I am not talking about Adamawa but across the country, you will labour for days, for months without coming to an end as to the number of people he has grown,” Dogara said, according to a statement by his spokesman Turaki Hassan. 

He added: “The secret is that whatever you put in his hands, in the hands of Waziri doesn’t die. If you put education in his hands, it graduates to a university. One of the best universities in this country, obviously, he founded.

“If you put money in his hands, it doesn’t die. Those who are envious because of the fact that anything they hold in their hands die will always insinuate many things about him but hardly does anything you put in his hands die.

“So if we are smart in this country, we have so many things that are dying, so many things that are dying in this land or in this country, as smart as we are as Nigerians, we will look for the person in whose hands nothing dies to bring all those things into life. I can tell you that if you put the economy in his hands, forget about it, go and sleep, you will see what will happen. If you give him the meagre resources we are getting from oil, he will multiply them. So, I am telling us here, this is not a venue for political campaign but I am telling us, as smart people, we’ve got to be smart this time around.

“If you have a tooth problem, you do not go to a shoe maker, you go to a dentist. Nigeria has a lot of problems and we have to go to that person who by training, by wisdom, has the required dexterity to fix it and I tell you, you will not find anyone better in the field than the Wazirin Adamawa.

“So if you take Nigeria, her economy and lack of jobs, everything and put it in the hands of people who will kill it, then you have yourself to blame but for us, God has shown us a man who has done exceptionally well, a man who has grown so many people, a man who will grow Nigeria, grow our economy, take us out of poverty, end lack of education; a situation where we have over 13 million children out of school in Nigeria, the man who will end it is here.”

For his part, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who drew from his over 40 years experience in marriage prayed that the couple Mr & Mrs Hassan Ishaya Hassan  will have an enduring marriage, bear fruits and live to see their children’s children.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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