On Sunday Femi Adeshina attacked Nigeria former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says he contributed to the rot the nation has become.
Femi Adeshina who is the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity reacted to comments made by Atiku over the alarming rate of unemployment in Nigeria which he said Nigeria is fast degenerating into a failed state under the Buhari administration.
According to Atiku, “I have never felt so bad at being proven right, as I am by the report from Bloomberg Business on Saturday, March 27, 2021, that Nigeria is to emerge as the nation with the highest unemployment rate on Earth, at just over 33%.
“We warned about this, but repeated warnings by myself and other patriots were scorned. And now this. We are at a precipice as a nation and the truth is that all stakeholders and elder statesmen have to speak up on time, while there is still a Nigeria to save.
“This government obviously lacks the capacity to address our current challenges, and we must help them, not because of the government, but because of our people.
“In a situation where we are simultaneously the world headquarters for extreme poverty, the world capital for out of school children, and the nation with the highest unemployment rate on Earth, there is a very real and present danger that we might slip into the failed states index – God forbid!”
In an interview with Channels TV on Sunday Politics, Femi Adesina said what Atiku said about 30 million Nigerians out of job was not new.
He added that in the build-up to the 2015 elections when the APC was campaigning, the figure that was used by Buhari was that a minimum of 30 million Nigerians was unemployed, particularly youths and that his government was going to do something about it.
He also stated that it was in 2014/2015, emphasising that Atiku should not make it appear like a genie that just came out of the bottle, as the statistics had always been there.
Adesina stated that Atiku was in power for eight years, concluding Atiku should not be taken seriously as an opposition.
He said the question is “when Abubakar was in government with President Olusegun Obasanjo, where did they take the country? Where did they leave the country?”
Adeshina reference video clips he saw on social media where Atiku said some things they promised to do, particularly on power; and that some people collected some trillions and didn’t deliver.
“Former Vice-President is part of the rot this country became. He cannot exculpate himself; he cannot sit in judgment over anybody. He played his part for eight years and they left the country where they left it,” he said.
According to him, Atiku could not like Pontius Pilate, begin to wash himself clean of what Nigeria has become.