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Keyamo’s ‘Nigerians Are Hungry’ Comment Confirms Buhari’s Government Has Failed– Atiku’s Spokesperson, Phrank Shaibu

Nigerians Are Hungry
September 27, 2022

Keyamo during a recent interview on Channels Television said Nigerians were hungry and could not wait to have a new leader who would satisfy their hunger.

Phrank Shaibu, Special Assistant on Public Communication to the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, says a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress has confirmed the party’s failure in government.

Shaibu said the comment of the spokesperson for the APC)/Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, that “Nigerians are hungry” is a vindication that the APC administration is nothing but a monument of poverty, insecurity and scandals of unprecedented proportion.

Keyamo during a recent interview on Channels Television said Nigerians were hungry and could not wait to have a new leader who would satisfy their hunger.

When asked to discuss the APC’s campaign issues for the 2023 elections, he said, “Nigerians are hungry, they want to see how that hunger will be addressed, not how their Christian faith or Muslim faith will be addressed.

“They want to see our policies on agriculture and what Asiwaju has done before as governor of Lagos state, how he improved Lagos and how he will bring that kind of dexterity to Nigeria as a whole.

“That is what they want to see. How do we want to run the country? What do we want to tell Nigerians?”

SaharaReporters learnt from sources that the statement angered President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the Aso Rock cabal who called for his removal as the APC campaign spokesperson.

“Buhari has asked for the removal of Festus Keyamo as the party’s campaign spokesperson. The President accused him of always de-marketing his regime, describing the government in which he is a minister as a failed regime. He has been described as a loose cannon who is daily demarketing his regime as a failed regime. The cabal members are not happy,” a presidential source had said.

Shaibu, in a statement sent to SaharaReporters on Tuesday, mocked the APC over Keyamo’s outburst.

According to him, the ruling party in its desperation to employ an “attack dog” to spearhead its onslaught against the opposition parties ended up conceding the very crucial position of projecting the public image and reputation of its presidential candidate to a man noted for “scoring own-goals.”

He said Keyamo’s statement was a validation that the APC government has frittered away the goodwill of Nigerians.

“A party who asked Nigerians to dream again has succeeded in turning their dreams into nightmares simply because of their incompetence. Nigerians are worse off today than they were when the APC took over on May 29th 2015, and the country under the president’s watch has become more divided today than at any other time since the civil war of 1967 to 1970,” Shaibu said.

Shaibu said no one ever imagined that any administration would ever make things worse than they have been, citing the case of power which has worsened so much that the only point of light for a majority of Nigerians has been the sun during the day and the moon at night!

The Special Assistant to the PDP Presidential Candidate added that he was in agreement with Keyamo that although the Buhari administration continues to beat its chest over a supposed economic growth year in, year out, it has shut its eyes to the paradox of worsening poverty among Nigerians, as attested to recently by its own agency, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

According to the bureau, the poverty headcount has jumped from 40.1 % in 2018/2019 to 42.0% in 2020 and 42.6% in 2022, translating to 95.1 million Nigerians living in poverty, despite a 3.54% gross domestic product GDP) growth in the country’s economy.

“I have consistently maintained that economic growth in itself is meaningless if it does not translate to a better life for millions of our citizens living in poverty. I hate to say it, but the records of the Buhari administration’s agency, the NBS has proven that this is true,” Shaibu said.

Shaibu lamented that Nigerians had since lost hope concerning APC’s ability to ensure the security of life and property, a key responsibility of any government; check runaway corruption and prevent shameful scandals.

“As at the last count, over 35,000 Nigerians have been sent to their early graves by the rampaging Boko Haram and so-called bandits, as the APC Administration flip-flops on the right approach to end the crisis.

“Add this to the continuing cases of kidnapping for ransom and other violent crimes across the country, and one begins to wonder whether Nigeria is on the road to Somalia, or if indeed Buhari has abandoned his duty post,” Shaibu lamented.

He said the APC administration’s seven years in office have been years characterised by scandals and monumental corruption that have put a lie to the President’s pledge, at his inauguration, to fight corruption without fear or favour.

“Under President Buhari’s watch, the Accountant General of the Federation alone stole N109 billion; aside from fuel subsidy rackets and social safety net schemes being perpetrated by incredibly-brazen public officials, emboldened by the impunity that now characterizes government affairs. Yet, there is no evidence that these officials will be robustly prosecuted and be made to answer for the crimes they are alleged to have committed,” the statement said.

Shaibu said with serving ministers like Keyamo coming forward to render a damning verdict of gross ineptitude against the APC administration, the electorate now knows that they have no option but to reject the clueless, incompetent APC that has put the country in the mess that it has now found itself.