👤 By Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
A Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi has commented on the challenges facing the country, adding that it is not the time to learn “Shaku Shaku.”
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Speaking to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja Mr Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, who was announced as the running mate to Abubakar Atiku in October this year, noted that “millions of Nigerians go to bed hungry not knowing where the meal for the next day will come from.”
He also explained that “hundreds of thousands risk death by crossing the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea to wherever they can make a living.”
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In its manifesto “Building a New Nigeria,” which was released before the 2015 elections, the All Progressives Congress which brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power, promised to create at least one million new jobs every year. APC MANIFESTO
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The party also proposed to “create additional middle-class of at least two million new home owners in our first year in government and one million annually thereafter; by enacting a national mortgage system that will lend at single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses.”
The office of the National Bureau of Statistics show that more people have lost their jobs under the APC government.
One of the richest men in the world has also berated the APC led government over its economic policies.
Bill Gates, who has invested over $1.6 billion in the country, said that the Nigerian Government under the leadership of President Buhari failed to address the needs of the people.
In an exclusive television interview with CNN, Mr Gate said: “The current quality and quantity of investment in this young generation in health and education just isn’t good enough.”
And a meeting of the national economic council, the co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had spoken to leaders in Nigeria directly to say: “The Nigerian government’s economic recovery and growth plan identify investing in our people as one of three strategic objectives.”
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The Vice President, Professor Osinbajo who chairs the Federal Government Economic Management Team, EMT, was recently speaking of the need to learn Shaku Shaku, a popular dance, before the next election.
“I can never forget my dear friend in one of the states who just danced his way through the campaigns; all he did was dance; he did nothing else but dance and he won 250,000 votes,” Professor Osinbajo, a pastor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated recently at a book launch in Abuja.
Mr Obi, who hopes to take over the role of Vice President in 2019 told Professor Osinbajo not to learn any dance move for now.
He said: “this period calls for sober reflection not dancing or learning how to dance as there are many challenges facing our nation at the moment. Not the least being recently having our country named the world headquarters of extreme poverty with over eighty seven million people. Worse still millions more are losing their jobs, with four million by the third quarter of this year alone.
“While I am not against people dancing or learning how to dance ‘Shaku Shaku’, as I believe it is one of those things that is keeping our people going on in this very difficult times, I believe that the crossroads that we have found ourselves in as a nation requires sober reflection.”
“These and other challenges are indicative of the dire straits facing us as a nation today. And these are what we on the Atiku team are spending our time with the best minds on how to start creating jobs and putting food on people’s table. We must get Nigeria to start working again for the good of everyone.”