Presidential candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has released a statement bemoaning the level of unemployment in the country
This was as regards a report released by the National Bureau of Statistics which put the number of people to have lost jobs under the Buhari administration at a staggering 20.93m people
Atiku was outraged at the number stating that such a statistic is unacceptable
In a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe, he said: “We expected a terrible job report, particularly with the comment on live television from the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, that President Buhari had ordered the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale, to fudge the latest job reports.
“However, the job report released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, November 19, 2018, is not just terrible, it is catastrophic. It shows that under the APC administration, a whopping 20.93m Nigerians have lost their jobs!
“To put this in perspective, the unemployed population in Nigeria is now twice the population of Benin Republic!”
Atiku continued: “Nigeria cannot continue like this, especially with an administration that continues to blame others for things that they should find solutions to with the latest ridiculous episode being President Buhari’s blaming of former President Jonathan for his own inability to appoint ministers for six months, an action that is directly responsible for the sorry state of unemployment in Nigeria.”