A former deputy national publicity secretary of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of putting over a 100 million Nigerians into abject poverty and sending many others to their early graves through suicide and banditry.
Frank stated this in a statement on Thursday, in reaction to a recent mark supposedly made by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II that Nigeria was on the verge of becoming bankrupt due to unfavourable economic policies of the Buhari government.
Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), reportedly made the remark during the ongoing 3rd National Treasury Workshop organised by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation holding in Government House, Kano State.
Sanusi advised the urrent administration to cancel subsidy in petroleum and electricity tariffs if the economy must stabilize.
In his statement in response, Frank applauded Sanusi, and urged other traditional rulers and religious leaders in the country to copy Saraki boldness and learn to speak the truth to save the country from imminent collapse.
“This is a government that has failed to implement a new minimum wage for its workforce after Buhari hurriedly signed the minimum wage bill into law in April to save face on May Day. Buhari has breached the minimum wage act by refusing to implement it.
“This is a government that has failed to ‘operationalize’ financial autonomy for state judiciary and legislatures which Buhari signed into law in June 2018 following the last constitutional amendment exercise.
“This is a government that has failed to name ministers and key aides to the President after over a month of being sworn into office.
“In many states of the federation, full workers’ salaries have not been paid for upwards of three years. Is it not benumbing that the newly inaugurated government in Ogun State had to secure a N7 billion bank loan to pay May salaries?
“Having failed in the last four years to meet the aspirations of Nigerians for humane, purposeful and progressive governance, the present administration has resorted to churning out lies in order to keep Nigerians in perpetual bondage,” he said.
While he asked citizens not to get mind Buhari’s promise, to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, Frank said, “already, Buhari’s rudderless and overly corrupt administration has driven over a 100 million Nigerians into abject poverty and countless others to their early graves through suicide and banditry.”