- Atiku Abubakar blamed President Buhari for the rate of poverty in the country
- According to the former vice president, Nigerians have experienced multi-dimensional poverty since 2015
- The presidential candidate vowed to continue to address important issues affecting the country
Atiku Abubakar has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of plunging Nigerians into poverty.
According to Sahara Reporters, the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party was reacting a reportedly from the United Nations on Nigeria.
Atiku through his spokesperson, Paul Ibe, said since 2015, Nigerians have been plunged into multi-dimensional poverty.
He said: “Perhaps, one reason why they didn’t want to comment on the report is that it is factual – Nigerians in the past four years indeed live in multi-dimensional poverty.
“Quite regrettably too, the administration has been groping in the dark since 2015, the reason majority of Nigerians decided not to reward their failures during the February 23 presidential poll consequently leading to the heist that characterized the conduct of that poll.
“The other plausible reason why they didn’t deem it fit to respond to the report is that Atiku had yet to make a remark on the report.
“If the only reason why the Buhari-led administration will react to the affliction it has brought on Nigerians is for Atiku to call the nation’s attention to how bad things have gone in the country under the leadership of Buhari, Atiku will more than always, be ready to stand and speak up for the millions of countrymen and women who have become victims of his (Buhari’s) misrule and grand cluelessness.”
Meanwhile, the presidency has accused Atiku of trying to denigrate the country’s democracy, which he was part of building.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the PDP candidate was trying to influence decision in the ongoing legal tussle over the result of the 2019 presidential poll by appealing to the emotions of Nigerians.
In a statement entitled Atiku’s unrelenting appeal to emotion: A gambit doom to fail, issued on Friday, August 2, Adesina said Atiku's efforts to appeal to the emotions of Nigerians, particularly members of the judiciary were pitiable.
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