As Nigerians continue to fume over the proposed sale of some national assets such as NLNG, to fund the 2016 budget, Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central senatorial district, has again spoken out against the plan.
The Kaduna state Senator had earlier declared that all those calling for the sale of national assets because of the economic recession are ‘economic predators’ carrying out ‘heists and roguery.’
According to him, the calls are attempts by these people to profit from the nation’s assets through the back door by buying it during a recession.
In a post he shared on Monday, September 26th via his page on the social media platform, Facebook, he said:
“If we have to sell our national assets to fund the 2016 budget; then we have to sell our coat of arms, national flags and anthem to fund the 2017 budget; as for the 2018 budget, the nation move from recession to receivership ,then we auction the whole territorial land mass of our country to the Bourgeoisie class to raise cash; then we all live on tenancy. This is what our ‘lumpen capitalists’ want”.
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Recall that assets sale was recently proposed by the Federal Government as one of the strategies for Nigeria’s quick exit from its current economic recession, and notable public figures have argued for and against it.
The federal government said the execution of the key infrastructural projects mapped out to support the economic diversification agenda has become impossible due to the unexpected shortfall in government revenue hence, the need to sell some of its assets.
Besides Senator Shehu Sani, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chukwuma Soludo, has also spoken against the move stating that the federal government will be repeating mistakes of the past should it go ahead with the plan.