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Atiku vows to foster press freedom

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Presidential candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to foster press freedom if he becomes president next year.

Speaking on Wednesday with the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Lagos State, the former Vice President said: “I want to pay tribute to the press for their role in the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. Many of you have sacrificed your life and career.”

Atiku in his opening speech, the former vice president said he regarded himself as a patriotic citizen in every sense mainly because he has spent the greater part of his career in the southern region of the country and as such, he knows the south as much as he knows the north.

“If you look at the thriving economy in the world, they allow the private sector run the economy,” said Atiku. “If you see the amount of work government has to do in-terms of constructing and decongesting our ports, railway, and you have to borrow, I will rather concession most of these projects to the private sector and give them tax incentives. This will bring progress, prosperity and peace”.

Also in an interview with the former Vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said he intends to continue with the economic policy of the People Democratic Party (PDP) government in 1999-2007 which includes to liberalize the economy, empower the private sector and continue with the privatization agenda of the Obasanjo-led administration.

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