By Toby Prince
Renowned American political risk consultancy firm, Eurasia Group, has predicted that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will enrich himself and his cronies if elected.
Founded in 1998, the firm which has offices in New York City, Washington, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, San Francisco, and Singapore publishes an annual “Top 10 Risks” report January every year.
According to Eurasia, Atiku who has “better health and keener intellect” compared to President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, “would create a brief, superficial boost to the country’s image.”
The Eurasia Group said this in an annual report it published on December 7 for 2019.
The release, however, stated that Atiku is a “gerontocrat who would focus on enriching himself and his cronies, avoiding the difficult and politically unpopular tasks necessary for reform.”
“But it would also pose the risk of a return to an even more rent-seeking governing style,” the group added.
Eurasia Group’s Top 10 risks report put Nigeria as the 10th risk with a focus on the nation’s February 2019 elections.