Amaechi: ‘Under Buhari, Nigerians Are Hungry, Poverty Is Growing’ — Premium Times

Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has been heard in an audio
recording to be expressing shocking pessimistic views about Nigeria and
the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose re-election bid
he leads.

The recording was shared with PREMIUM TIMES by Phrank Shaibu, a spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar campaign.

Mr
Abubakar, billionaire former vice-president, of the Peoples Democratic
Party, is the main challenger of Mr Buhari, the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress, in next month’s presidential election.

The
recording contains a portrayal of Mr Buhari as a dismal failure who has
been unable to meet the expectations of various segments of the
society, ending with a dismissal of Nigeria as a never-going-to-change
hopeless nation.

The transcript of the recording reads: “These
are not things you publish ooo. If you publish them, you will never sit
with me any day.

“Three years of Buhari oo, everybody is crying,
crying…pressmen are crying, farmers are crying, workers are crying,
politicians are crying, students are crying, three years oo!
“The rate of poverty is very high. The people are hungry. Nigeria will never change!”

PREMIUM
TIMES has not independently verified the recording. The claims,
particularly regarding expectations, expressed in the recording may be
correct.
Government’s own official information shows Mr Buhari has
presided over a worsening national job situation, with the unemployment
rate standing at 23.1 per cent by the third quarter of 2018 up from 18.8
per cent per cent by the end of 2017. However, government officials
argue jobs are not dropping but that it is the number of people entering
the working age bracket that By 2018, Nigeria has overtaken China and
is only behind India, arguably, with the highest number of extremely
poor people within one national territory.

In an earlier
recording also shared by the Atiku campaign, Mr Amaechi appeared to be
describing Mr Buhari as a leader that does not listen and care.
According
to the recording: “The president does not listen to anybody. He doesn’t
care. You can write what you want to write. The president doesn’t care.
Does he read? He will read, he will laugh. He will say ‘come, come and
see, they are abusing me here’. “In fact, there was one case of somebody
in Onitsha, a trader in Onitsha who couldn’t sell his goats during
Sallah. And I was with Oga on the plane and the man was busy abusing
Buhari. He said, ‘Amaechi, come, what is my business with Onitsha goat
seller?’”

When contacted, David Iyofor, the spokesperson for Mr
Amaechi, said the minister’s team was still reviewing the recording and
needed more time to do so before commenting on the matter.

Meanwhile,
Mr Shaibu said the leaked tape has shown that even the president’s
appointees lacked confidence in his ability to transform the country.
He
said, “The President should just quit honourably instead of wasting
taxpayers monies on a failed reelection bid. “The truth is that the
other day, the President confessed that the economy had collapsed under
his watch.

“On another occasion, the wife confessed to the fact
that, the cabal and not her dearest husband, President Buhari was
in-charge of the country and now, the Director General Of his
re-election campaign has confessed to the lack of capacity of President
Buhari and the dismal failure of his administration. “Truth is, the
President has established a record of failures which probably no other
President would ever equal or erase. Mrs Aishat Buhari was partially
correct when she stated that two people are preventing her husband from
performing well. With this audio tape, if the two don’t include her
husband then she is not completely being truthful.”

It is not the
first time a minister would appear to be expressing no confidence in
the leadership of Mr Buhari in a leaked recording.
Former minister
for women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, was in a recording – which he
admitted – saying she preferred Mr Abubakar to Mr Buhari as president
from 2019.

Source:- Premiumtimesng