Economic hardship: Again, Atiku slams Tinubu

… says ‘your policies dashing hopes, creating pain, causing despair’

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, again on Sunday descended on the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, declaring its policies as “dashing hopes, creating pain, causing despair’’

Only recently, the PDP presidential flagbearer had slammed the Tinubu administration, saying that the President owed Nigerians an explanation over a $3.3 billion emergency crude repayment loan secured by the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited on August 16, 2023.

Again, Atiku, in a statement he shared on X on Sunday, stated that the state of the economy had, in recent weeks and months, been a subject of intense discourse among Nigerian citizens at home and abroad.

The former Vice President said that Nigerians are gravely concerned that “Tinubu’s poor response to Nigeria’s economic challenges is setting the stage for a prolonged and deeper domestic economic crisis.”

Atiku’s post added, “His economic policies, drawn from a so-called renewed hope agenda, are ironically dashing hopes, creating pain and causing despair. The private sector is shrinking by the day as small businesses are emasculated and as Multi-National Companies, confused and weary of the economy, leave Nigeria in droves.

“The intense cost of living pressures has created more misery for the poor in towns and villages. There is HUNGER IN THE LAND as basic commodities, including BREAD, are becoming out of reach for average Nigerians.

“His 2024 budget is a business-as-usual exercise, bereft of concrete ideas and actions that would support Nigeria’s journey toward economic transformation—consisting mainly of wasteful expenditures to cater to a bloated Federal Government.

“Budget 2024 will not facilitate growth and cannot empower our citizens to earn a living and live a decent life.

“BAT has shown no capacity to deal with the adverse and disastrous impact of the new subsidy regime on the people and businesses and the new foreign exchange policy, which provides for a free-floating exchange rate. His initiatives are literally uninformed, arbitrary, and chaotic.

“BAT’s palliatives are too mean, pitiable, and contemptuous of the poor. He seems genuinely lost, bewildered, and overwhelmed.

“To mask their failures, BAT and his political appointees are busy blaming his predecessor in office for bequeathing a ‘dead’ economy. This is a familiar game popularised by former President Buhari while in office. It reinforces what we already know: that BAT came into office unprepared.

“Tinubu and his economic management team must swallow their pride, admit their missteps and failures, and follow those who know the terrain. They must act fast before the economy sinks deeper into the abyss.

“The question is, will they?”

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