Nigeria: Atiku runs into twitter storm over comment on power failure
London, Jan 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Former vice president and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, got more than he bargained for on Thursday after he was thoroughly whitewashed by some Nigerian twitter users over his comment on erratic power supply in the country
Atiku had twitted that he was among those suffering from the power problem in the country. He said as a businessman, he spent billions of Naira on diesel to generate power for his companies.
He stated this on Twitter while responding to questions from some of his followers.
A Twitter user @ofishea, had queried the former vice president about his alleged ownership of a generator company.
The user had alleged that Atiku was only playing to the gallery and being a complicit in the problem of power supply in the country saying the situation pays him because of his business interest.
Responding on Twitter, the presidential candidate denied the allegations. He said, “My friend, I know you meant this as a joke, but the power situation in Nigeria is not funny.
“As a businessman, I don’t enjoy the billions I spend generating power with diesel.
“Power is a key focus area in #TheAtikuPlan. We will attract key investors to our power industry and ensure competitive pricing, especially for corporate and industrial end users,” he tweeted.
However, some readers wondered why Atiku did not do anything while serving with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
They asked what happened to the funds spent on improving power supply in the country. A repeated question they got no reply to