According to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, it would be too risky for Nigerians to trust his main opponents with their future.
Atiku claimed to have a thorough understanding of the issues affecting Nigeria while speaking at the NESG Presidential Dialogue on the Economy on Monday in Lagos.
According to Daily Trust, Atiku called Labour Party candidate Peter Obi a rookie and claimed that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect of the APC, was responsible for the “horrible situation” that Nigerians are in.
Experience is important, and we should steer clear of the recent past’s mistakes, he saidIt would be too risky for Nigerians to entrust their future to a newcomer or the national leader of the party that is to blame for our sorry state of affairs.
Election year is now. As a result, you will encounter snake-oil salesmen, false prophets, and sellers of false hope and deceptive statistics. Therefore, caution is necessary.
We must also keep in mind that if a doctor poisoned a patient in the past and is still doing so, we cannot trust them to provide a cure. Because the stakes are too high, we must get it right. This could be our last chance to do so.
“The economy of Nigeria is hardly expanding. Since 2015, the per capita income, a gauge of a country’s citizens’ well-being, has steadily decreased due to declining output and a rapidly expanding population. The situation of our citizens is worse than it was in 2015.
The country’s main industry for generating foreign exchange, oil and gas production, has been declining since 2014. Many economic sectors and the general public continue to believe that a recession is still in progress.
“Under the current administration, our people are not working. Over 23 million people are unemployed. Between 2015 and 2020, there were 31 million fewer people who were fully employed, a 54% decrease from 68 million. In a country of 200 million citizens, this is terrifying.
“And the vast majority of those without jobs are young people, who not only lack the resources to survive, but also any kind of future hope. Youth unemployment rose by 9 million from 4 million in 2015 to 13 million in 2020.
Significant economic and security challenges are brought on by the low employment opportunities for young people and the high youth unemployment rate. As a result, it is essential to guarantee that there are enough jobs for Nigeria’s youth. Compared to 2015, more Nigerians are unhappy and poor today.