Mr Solomon Alimasunya, a Sokoto-based legal practitioner, on Thursday opposed the clamour for the sale of the nation’s assets as a measure to pull out of economic recession.
Alimasunya told newsmen in Sokoto that there was no need for the sale since the Federal Government’s economic team had informed Nigerians that the recession was a short time challenge.
He said the Ministers for Finance, Budget and Planning, had also assured Nigerians to look forward to a better standard of living as the current high prices of commodities in the markets would soon crash due to measures in place to control the recession.
He said that those clamouring for the sale of assets did not mean well for the country.
” This is because such sale is capable of robbing Nigerians and their generations yet unborn of our collective national assets.” ” Once these national assets are sold to individuals or multinational companies, then this country would have lost the assets forever,” he said.
“Once the recession is over, what becomes of the national assets that had been sold off forever?”
He said the issue of the option for the Federal government to buy back the sold assets would be irrelevant because it might not be binding on individuals or multinational companies that purchased them.
The legal practitioner lauded the PENGASSAN, NLC and TUC for their positions on the issue.