Atiku Challenges Tinubu: Nigeria Needs Leadership, Not a “Tourist-in-Chief”

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Former Vice President and 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has taken a swipe at President Bola Tinubu for his recent private trip to France, urging him to step aside if governance has proven too challenging.

Atiku expressed his criticism on his Twitter handle Atiku, mocking Tinubu for embarking on a private foreign trip while Nigeria grapples with escalating security challenges, particularly kidnappings in the nation’s capital, Abuja, and other parts of the country.

In his tweet, Atiku stated, “Tinubu is playing fiddle while Nigeria is drowning in the ocean of insecurity.” He highlighted recent incidents, including the tragic killing of a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja and the abduction of two monarchs in Ekiti, as examples of the security challenges facing the nation.

Atiku questioned the appropriateness of Tinubu’s private visit at a time when the country needs strong leadership to address pervasive insecurity and a struggling economy. He emphasized the urgency of 24/7 leadership to confront the pressing issues facing Nigeria.

The statement suggests a direct challenge to Tinubu’s suitability for the presidency, implying that if the responsibilities of the role are too demanding for him, he should step aside. Atiku’s critique adds to the ongoing discourse about leadership and governance in Nigeria, particularly in the context of escalating security concerns.

Soukaina Sghir

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