Festus Keyamo, lawyer and spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organization, does not believe the official figures of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which states that there’s increase in poverty under the current administration of President Buhari.
But these were the same figures Nigerians were told to believe under Goodluck Jonathan. So what has changed?
Keyamo said, “Where does the National Bureau of Statistics get its figures from? I don’t believe those statistics. Nigerians are becoming richer under Buhari. The NBS are liars.”
Statistics from the NBS show that unemployment has been on the increase under Buhari, millions of people lost their jobs from 2015 till date.
According to the bureau, 18.80 percent where unemployed in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the 9.90 percent in the third quarter of 2015.
Keyamo expressed optimism that Buhari would be re-elected in 2019, saying the president will instil a different political culture in the country before he retires and he is better than any Leader Nigeria has seen.
“He (Buhari) needs time to instil that culture different from what we have learnt government is all about,” he said.
“Let’s be honest, most young people of our generation grew up to know only the PDP system, which is – and was – only about money.”
The Buhari re-election campaign spokesman said unlike the PDP “whose oxygen is money”, Buhari did not need federal funds to clinch his re-election, saying his supporters would be happy to sell their possessions and go hungry for his re-election.
He said Buhari also needed to consolidate his anti-corruption war and deal a final blow on insecurity, describing insinuations that the president was condoning herdsmen as “satanic and idiotic.”
He also spoke on the president’s reference to Nigerian youths as “lazy”.