The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s remark that Nigeria’s economy was in a bad shape.
Abubakar said Buhari should vacate his post over his confession on the bad state of the country’s economy.
Buhari had on Friday made the remark while meeting with governors of the federation.
But, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, on Sunday, the former Vice President said Buhari has continued to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the country’s economy
He described Buhari’s confession that the “Nigerian economy has collapsed under his watch as not only a pathetic ploy to attract the sympathy of Nigerians with his false honesty but also, a disguise to get a soft landing from the people he has put under terrible suffering and hardship in the last three and half years.”
The statement reads, “The result, of course, is this late hour confession of failure on the eve of our general elections, in the hope that millions of Nigerians, whom he has condemned to poverty and hardship, will give him a clap for failing abysmally. I dare say that President Buhari has miscalculated badly on this matter because Nigerians are simply fed up with him.
“The economy has collapsed under his watch and he has by this frank remarks admitted that he has no idea on how to fix it and that is why he summoned the governors to help him. This is really very sad because President Buhari has run out of time and what Nigerians need now is a leadership which has the political will, administrative experience and sound economic acumen to get Nigeria working again.”
The Waziri of Adamawa stated that Buhari’s “confession of the failed economy has continued to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the economy by once again invoking the tired mantra of blaming the past administration and 16 years of PDP rule for his own failure.
“The honourable step to take is for the President to step down from his position. The confession by the President that the economy had gone out of control” was a confirmation of the forecast by the British multinational bank, HSBC “which predicted that re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 could plunge Nigeria into deeper economic hardship.”