The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo for allegedly receiving “hardship allowance” while Nigerian workers are suffering.
The presidential candidate reacting after the presidency refuted reports the President approved the N30,000 new minimum wage.
Atiku claimed that the act by Buhari and Osinbajo was an indication of how “badly” the current administration had treated workers since assuming office three years ago.
The Waziri of Adamawa’s claim was contained in a statement issued by his Presidential Campaign organisation.
The statement reads partly: “We are aware that both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo, despite living and feeding at the public expense, collect a hardship allowance of 50 per cent of their annual basic salary, whereas, the long-suffering Nigerian workers, who are the main sufferers of the hardship caused by the incompetence of this administration, do not have any hardship allowance and are expected to live on the unlivable minimum wage of the Buhari government.
”It is a testament to how badly we have treated our workforce over the last three years that Nigeria was officially declared the world headquarters for extreme poverty by the World Poverty Clock and the World Economic Forum.
“We can only change this by paying our workers a living wage as opposed to the starvation wages now paid to them by the Buhari administration.”