- A former vice president of Nigeria has alleged that three million Nigerians have lost their jobs since 2015
- Atiku Abubakar said he was excited about the All Progressives Congress manifesto to create 3 million jobs in a year
- He also said APC has failed to deliver the change it promised Nigerians
A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of rendering millions of Nigerians jobless.
Atiku while announcing his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, December 3, said three million Nigerians have lost their jobs since APC took over power in 2015.
Having resigned from the APC in the past month, Atiku said he joined a new force (PDP) that will help improve the lives of Nigerians.
He said: “I was excited about the party’s (APC) manifesto to create 3 million new jobs a year."
“The result has not been the change people had been promised or voted for as in the last two years, almost 3 million Nigerians have lost their jobs.
“And today we have a record of 25% of people aged between 18 and 25 years unemployed. I can see how difficult it is for people to find a job."
The former vice president also noted that the key to creating jobs in any nation is ensuring a strong economy.
He said he has over time realised that a weak economy is Nigeria's biggest challenge.
"If they will be able to get a job for without a job, there will be no means of sustaining themselves or beginning family.
“And without the security of a job, we cannot have security in our country. So without jobs, there is no future for you or for Nigeria.
“Creating jobs is something that I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs in my own state of Adamawa.
“And I also know how the government can help create the right environment for business to create jobs," Atiku added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the former vice president defected from the APC in November.
Also, on Sunday, December 3, Atiku announced his return to the PDP, a party which he belonged to before joining the APC in 2015.
Although there are speculations that the former vice president nurses the ambition to run for presidency on the platform of the PDP in 2019, the chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi has said that Atiku's return would not prevent him (Makarfi) from contesting in the next election.
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