Presidency Counters Atiku’s Critique, Says Tinubu Inherited Weak Economy From Buhari

In response to criticisms from Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, the Presidency has accused him of hypocrisy. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, countered Atiku’s claims by urging him to acknowledge that President Tinubu inherited a fragile economy from his predecessor, former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Onanuga asserted that, contrary to Atiku’s allegations, Tinubu is actively engaged in economic reforms for Nigeria. He criticized Atiku for lacking factual grounding and pointed out recent indicators showing that Nigerians still experience the lowest cost of living in Africa.

Part of the statement signed by Onanuga reads: “Nigerians can easily discern the hypocrisy in Atiku’s accusations against President Tinubu. While accusing Tinubu of a lackluster response to the nation’s challenges, Atiku fails to present any superior policy alternatives, different from the economic reform agenda pursued by President Tinubu.”

“Onanuga continued, “Atiku should acknowledge that President Tinubu inherited a feeble economy, necessitating a comprehensive overhaul for the survival of our country. Atiku’s assertions regarding the shrinking private sector and the departure of multinational companies lack factual basis.”

Onanuga reminded that the president removed the subsidy upon taking office and revealed plans to streamline exchange rates. He challenged Atiku to articulate what different economic approaches he would have taken if elected president, rather than merely resorting to criticism.