Atiku part of Nigeria’s rot – Presidency berates former VP over unemployment comment

The Presidency has accused former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar of playing a role in the rot Nigeria has become today.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, asserted that Atiku cannot “exculpate” himself from the rot in Nigeria.

Adesina said this in reaction to Atiku’s comment on the Bloomberg report citing that Nigeria might soon become the country with the highest unemployment in the world.

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP 2019 Presidential flag bearer reacting to Bloomberg’s report, called on major stakeholders to help the Buhari-led administration resolve Nigeria’s unemployment rate.

Atiku claimed that stakeholders involved in the country’s unemployment crisis would help save the masses.

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However, Adesina stressed that the figures recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, on unemployment was not new.

While speaking to newsmen during an interview, Adesina blasted Atiku and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, asking what they did to improve the country when in power.

He said: “You will recall that in the build-up to the 2015 elections when the APC (All Progressives Congress) was campaigning, the figure that was used by then-candidate Buhari was that a minimum of 30 million Nigerians was unemployed, particularly youths, and that his government was going to do something about it.

“That was in 2014/2015. So, don’t make it appear like a genie that just came out of the bottle. No, it had always been there.

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”It had always been there.

“The former Vice-President was in power for eight years.

“Now, he is in the opposition.

“You can’t take whatever he says as the gospel.

“The question is, when former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was in government with President Olusegun Obasanjo, where did they take the country?

“Where did they leave the country?

“The former Vice-President is part of the rot this country became.

“He cannot exculpate himself.”

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