Resign Now, You Have Destroyed Nigeria, PDP Tells Buhari

With the GDP, inflation and unemployment figures released by Nigerian
Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) has urged all well-meaning Nigerians to call on President Muhammadu
Buhari to resign if he is unable to reverse the disastrous economic
decline he has brought on Nigerians.

The PDP said the figures is a showcase of the absolute ineptitude &
incompetence of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

PDP in a statement made available to our reporter said the figures reveal
what the party have repeatedly said over the last 15 months – the Nigerian
President is destroying the Nigeria economy.

“For the avoidance of doubt, some of these figures include: GDP contracted
by -2.06% in Q2 2016. In contrast, the economy grew by 2.35% in Q2 2015.
Q2 was worse than the -0.36% shrinking of the economy in Q1 2016.

“Headline Inflation for July 2016 stands at 17.1%. It was from 16.5% in
June 2016. Food inflation was 15.58% for July 2016 from 15.3% in June
2016. Portfolio investment declined to an estimated $245.3m in Q2 2016.
This represents a 9.5% from $271.0m in Q1 2016 & is a far cry from $2.81bn
in Q2 2015. FDI declined from $211.1m in Q2 2015 and $174.4m in Q1 2016 to
an estimated $133.0m in Q2 2016.

Total value of capital imported in Q2 2016 is estimated at mere $647.1m.
This is the lowest quarterly figure since Nigeria started keeping records
of capital importation. It is a decline from $710.9 m in Q1 2016 & a far
cry from $2.67bn in Q2 2015.

A total of 4,580,602 people have lost their jobs since May 29, 2015. The
number of persons in full time employment decreased by 351,350 in Q2 2016
compared to Q1 2016. PDP said the result of these indices is that Nigeria
is in its worst economic state for 29 years – dating back to 1987 when the
nation had to take harsh steps to recover from President Buhari’s policies
of 1984-85.

“As with 1984-85, companies are fleeing our shores in droves.
Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) recently stated that 272
companies have shut down in the past 1 year.

“Furthermore, like we suffered in 1984-85, we are suffering a brain drain
where our best & brightest talents are leaving the country in search of a
better life elsewhere. “It is disheartening that the Buhari administration
is destroying the Nigerian economy & our collective future by the
implementation of his archaic & incoherent economic policies which failed
in 1984-85 & are failing spectacularly now. “Our dismay is worsened by the
fact that every sphere of the Nigerian socio-political space (ranging from
the conduct of elections, human rights, respect for the rule of law,
security, technology, health etc) is negatively affected by the Buhari
administration.

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