The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday described comments of Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun in response to Wednesday’s figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), as out of line and insensitive.
Adeosun had in a series of tweets after the statistics were released, stated:
“I believe this economy will turn around in no distant time. I know people are concerned about recession.
“We can come out of a recession as soon as possible by sticking to the prescription which is, We must be disciplined in our expenditure.
“We must invest in our capital and we must diversify our economy”.
Taking exception to the Minister’s comments, the PDP in a statement signed by Deji Adeyanju, its Director of New Media, said Adeosun’s comments are an insult to suffering Nigerians and make mockery of the pains they bear through ” the sheer uincompetence and lack of ability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration of which she is an integral part”
The party said that contrary to Adeosun’s belief, recession is not just a word but a “horrible reality for millions of Nigerians who face increasing difficulty in putting food on the table and meeting basic everyday financial obligations”.
It stated further that the minister’s comments fly against the reality of rising food costs, parents withdrawing their children from schools due to increment, rising transportation costs, rents and other such everyday expenditure. The statement said Adeosun’s comments are all the more unforunate coming the same day the NBS disclosed that over four and half million Nigerians had lost their jobs under President Buhari’s watch and that while the figure may seem like mere statistics to the Finance Minister, the numbers actually represent “real people with real responsibilities”.
The party advised the finance minister to apologize to Nigerians for her insensitive comments and “stop speaking like a motivationl speaker and act like the finance minister that she is”.
It said it would in due course address the minister’s comments about fiscal discipline makes no sense in the face of available data”.