The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has replied former vice president, Atiku Abubakar over his criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic policies and handling of security matters in the country.
BMO pointed out that previous PDP-led governments’ failure to embark on viable social investment programmes meant that the Buhari Administration had to start from the basics by initiating economic policies that empower millions of Nigerians who are working their way out of extreme poverty.
“Those vulnerable segments have become productive and self-employing, having been identified and empowered with entrepreneurial skills and seed capital”.
In a statement Wednesday, signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the organization said that while Nigeria has not been spared the high jobless figures caused by the global recession and the effect of Covid-19, the robust economic measures put in place by the Buhari administration have saved Nigeria from a far worse situation.
The body what it described as the “years of the locust,” the period between 1999 and 2015, during which it noted that previous PDP-led governments wasted time and resources in public asset-stripping and unbridled consumption rather than focus on poverty alleviation schemes targeting relevant vulnerable demographics.
According to the statement- “Policies they failed to initiate is what the Buhari administration is initiating now. The productive capacity of primary national demographics is being activated through sustainable empowerment schemes like the Conditional Cash Transfer for rural dwellers and the Urban Cash register through which this government empowers over 50 million people to become self-sustaining.”
BMO accused previous PDP-led governments of which Atiku Abubakar was a crucial player in trivialising the fight against poverty, adding- “They only succeeded in turning Nigeria into an Okada and Keke NAPEP economy. You cannot fight poverty by sharing tricycles with graduates and youths in their productive age. You need to train young people in entrepreneurship and provide them with investable capital, which is what the Buhari administration has been doing.”
The organization picked holes with the alternative policy measures put forward by Atiku Abubakar, describing them as irrational and illogical proposals by someone who exiled himself to Dubai to avoid being accosted by angry Nigerians whose commonwealth he and his co-travellers frittered while in office.”