Sale of assets: Proponents are economic predators, says Sani
Human rights activist and senator representing Kaduna Central Zone, Shehu Sani, has condemned calls for the sale of national assets to exit Nigeria economic recession, saying that such decision may worsen the situation of the country.
In a statement yesterday, Sani said: “The call for the sale of NLNG, NNPC and other national assets in the name of raising funds to exit recession stands unreservedly condemned.
“The proponents of such ideas are capitalists rodents, leeches and parasites working towards benefitting from the pitiable state of our economy”. According to him: “Privatization in Nigeria has not delivered the much anticipated efficiency and services other than enrich a few fronts and their masters.
“There is currently nothing to show for the sale of Government houses and firms, the advocates of the sale of our collective national assets simply want to dispossess Nigerians and expand their business empire.
“They call themselves private sector and business men; they refused to invest in agriculture, solid minerals or science and technology, they simply want to buy off profitable public assets.”
He further argued: “There are no captains of industry in Nigeria other than crony businessmen, rent seekers, commission agents who depend on patronage from government than investing in finding oil and gas from Lake Chad and Benue trough, our businessmen prefer to buy off “ready made” oil wells and gas from the Niger Delta.
“Selling our national assets to stem recession is like selling ones lungs to buy food.“Nigeria’s capitalist forces raped Nigeria to recession and now they want to kill and bury it.
“Proponents of sale of our national assets and investments are economic predators and profiteers, who want to take advantage of the situation in the country. “Recession should excite innovation and ideas and not justify roguery. Nigeria’s poor have always lived under systemic recession and depression and on the edge of extinction. Where is the money realised from?
“Privatisation in the past; where are the projects used to justify the sharing of sovereign savings? I call on Nigerians to rise up against any attempt to rob them of their national assets.”