OrderPaperToday – The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has lambasted the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari following a report released by the National Bureau of Statistic which Indicated that 20.93 million Nigerians are unemployed.
In a statement signed by Paul Ibe, his Media Aide, Atiku described the report as “catastrophic” as the number of unemployed in the country is twice the entire population of Benin Republic.
According to the statement, “Nigeria cannot continue like this, especially with an administration that continues to blame others for things that they should find solutions for 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.
“We urge Nigerians to note that a President who can’t create jobs or wealth in his own private business cannot create jobs or wealth for the public because you cannot give what you do not have.
“Right now, Nigeria is the world headquarters of extreme poverty and our main challenge is jobs. Atiku Abubakar is an expert at job and wealth creation having created 50,000 jobs in his own private capacity.”
Speaking further, the former Vice-President promised to turn things around if elected president: “Whatever is entrusted into the hands of Waziri Atiku Abubakar blooms. This is a man who will never blame others and will always accept responsibility for changing things. Nigeria needs jobs and Atiku means jobs.”
The PDP candidate concluded by commending the Statistician General of the Federation for “having the courage to stand up to President Buhari by releasing the inconvenient truth about the state of unemployment in Nigeria.”
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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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