The Presidency has reacted to the statement released by a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on the alarming rate of unemployment in the country.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that Atiku in a statement, blamed bad economic policies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the growing unemployment rate.
Reacting, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media to Buhari, said the recent report released by the National Bureau of Statistics that 23.2 million Nigerians are unemployed was not new.
Adesina who spoke on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics,’ blasted Atiku for urging Buhari to improve the economy in order to get more Nigerians employed.
He also stated that about 30 million Nigerians were unemployed before Buhari took over in 2015 but records available to VANTAGE NEWS showed that the rate of unemployment before the emergence of Buhari as President was 8.9 percent against the 33.3 per cent currently.
“You will recall that in the build-up to the 2015 elections, when the APC was campaigning, the figure that was used by then candidate Buhari was that a minimum of 30 million Nigerians were 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. 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? I have seen clips on social media where he said some things they promised to do, particularly on power; some people collected some trillions and didn’t deliver… Former Vice-President is part of the rot this country became.
“He cannot exculpate himself; he cannot sit in judgment over anybody. He played his part for eight years and they left the country where they left it. He cannot like Pontius Pilate, begin to wash himself clean of what Nigeria has become,” Adesina said.