Atiku mocks APC: ‘We need to bake a bigger cake and not bigger debts’
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked the Federal Government under the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to celebrate over the recent released Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures.
In a statement he personally signed in Kano, Atiku said: “Last week, the National Bureau of Statistics released the GDP figures for Q2 2022. The government has been unreasonably upbeat about the reported growth rate of 3.4percent. The plain truth is that the economy is in deeper trouble than the APC-led government is willing to admit.”
According to Atiku: “The citizens’ level of misery hasn’t changed, and the reasons are obvious: first, the key sectors of the economy, notably agriculture, oil and gas (the country’s cash cow) and manufacturing (that contributes to jobs), are either growing slowly or declining.
“Second, unabated are rising commodity prices occasioned by high energy and transportation costs (and aggravated by the disorderliness in the forex market).
“Also, debt levels continue to rise while the fiscal capacity to service its debts is declining. All these are enough to erase the perceived gains from output growth.”
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Atiku, a former vice president of Nigeria, said that the government “Having run out of ideas, it appears that our unprecedented level of indebtedness is whetting the government’s appetite for more debt. This is a recipe for macroeconomic instability.”
He challenged the National Bureau of Statistics to share with the public their recent statistics on poverty, unemployment and commodity prices, saying that “the reality of which will leave no hope for the common man.”
He reiterated his earlier warning that “increasing debts will never be a solution to our indebtedness,” promising that if elected, “My government will halt the rate of debt accumulation and instead focus on private-public partnerships in financing development.
“Also is the consideration of a government of national unity that will douse the temperature, unite Nigerians and pave the way for improved security. Improved security allows for investments and, therefore, an improved economy. Also targeted tax rebates to attract foreign and local investments, amongst other proactive measures to attract investments to grow the economy.”