Your Economic Policies Are Creating Pain For Nigerians, Causing Despair — Atiku Tells Tinubu

Atiku called on Tinubu and his economic management team to acknowledge their mistakes and failures and take immediate action to prevent the economy from sinking further.

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has criticized President Bola Tinubu‘s economic policies, which he claims are dashing the hopes of Nigerians.

Atiku expressed his concerns about the country’s worsening economic situation, despite Tinubu’s decisions.

He believes that Tinubu lacks the ability to address the negative impact of the new subsidy regime and the free-floating exchange rate policy on people and businesses.

Atiku called on Tinubu and his economic management team to acknowledge their mistakes and failures and take immediate action to prevent the economy from sinking further.

He wrote, “The economy’s performance has, in recent weeks and months, been a subject of intense discourse among Nigerian citizens at home and abroad. Nigerians are gravely concerned, and rightly so, that Tinubu’s poor response to Nigeria’s economic challenges is setting the stage for a prolonged and deeper domestic economic crisis.

“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 ideaand 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.”

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Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.