- Femi Adesina is defending his boss, President Buhari, amid comments made by former vice president Atiku Abubakar
- The presidential spokesperson said millions of Nigerians were unemployed before Buhari took over as the country's leader in 2015
- Adesina berated Atiku for calling on the Nigerian leader to improve
Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, March 28, said about 30 million Nigerians were unemployed before President Muhammadu Buhari took over office.
The presidential spokesman made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television show, Politics Today, in reaction to comments made by former vice president Atiku Abubakar that Nigerians need to help the president
Adesina while defending President Buhari explained that the recent report released by the National Bureau of Statistics that 23.2 million Nigerians are unemployed was not new.
The presidential spokesperson who berated Atiku for calling on the Nigerian leader to improve questioned where the former VP took the nation while he was in government with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He went on to accuse Atiku of being part of the rot Nigeria became, adding that he didn't deliver on things he promised to do for the country.
It would be recalled that Atiku had expressed serious concerns about some economic indices suggesting that Nigeria is slipping into a failed state.
The former VP in a piece on Sunday, March 28, that was shared on his social media platforms and sighted by Legit.ng said helping the current administration amounts to Nigerians saving themselves.
Atiku linked the high crime rate in the country to the unprecedented level of unemployment, saying that the Buhari-led government reads wrong meanings to ideas and suggestions offered by critics rather than listen to advice.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday, March 15, released the Labor Force Statistics: Unemployment and Underemployment Report for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The report indicates that Nigeria's unemployment rate jumped to 33.3% in the period under review. This implies that 23 million people are now actively jobless in Nigeria.