Atiku's reaction follows a recent promise made by president Buhari to donate $500,000 to Guinea Bissau, along with other materials.
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to attend to the needs of Nigerians instead of donating money to other countries.
Atiku stressed that the resources of the country should be used for the benefit of its citizens not for others.
In a statement released by his media team on Sunday, November 4, 2018, Atiku urged president Buhari and his cabinet to be more prudent witg the nation's resources.
His reaction follows a recent promise made by the president to donate $500,000 to Guinea Bissau, along with other materials.
"Our response is to ask why a nation that has been officially named as the world headquarters of extreme poverty, will donate her resources to others instead of using them to solve pressing domestic problems?
"This is the same government that is so cash-strapped that it has so far borrowed N13tn in three years" he said.
The former vice president frowns at the promise the president took and urges the president to cut its coat according to its size.
He asked, "How prudent is it to go about taking loans from whosoever cares and then turn around to give out the money when your own people are suffering the worst form of poverty?
"We call on the Muhammadu Buhari administration to cut its coat according to its cloth. He should stop donating like Father Christmas. He should attend to the need of Nigerians” he added.
Atiku also stressed that there is no way he would pretend to be unconcerned with the way president Buhari is running the country having been part of the government that paid off Nigeria's foreign debts in the past.
The PDP presidential candidate will be flying the flags of the party along with for Anambra State governor, Peter Obi as his running mate in the 2019 presidential election scheduled for February 16, 2019.