Atiku charges Buhari to implement N30, 000 minimum wage

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

• Group calls for president’s disqualification, accuses him of perjury
Standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to be faithful to Nigerian workers by paying the agreed N30, 000 new minimum wage.

Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation made the call in a statement in Abuja yesterday.

Reacting to the presidency claims that Buhari did not endorse the N30, wage, it said approbation and reprobation are characteristic of the Buhari administration.

It added that such is evidence in the lack of leadership at the very top that is putting Nigeria’s economy in peril.

The organisation noted that two weeks ago, two of the world’s largest banks, HSBC and UBS, pulled out of Nigeria, citing lack of policy stability as their reason.

“This same reason was given by Procter and Gamble when they pulled out last year. In the span of the three years that this administration has been in office, more than 500 companies have pulled out of Nigeria for similar reasons.

“Nigeria under President Buhari has become synonymous with policy flip-flopping. A government is only as reliable as its word and if not, then nothing else about the government will be stable.”

The campaign body said this is why Nigeria suffered a recession under this administration, and is right now at the risk of another decline.

“We are aware that both President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, despite living and feeding at the public expense, collect a hardship allowance of 50 per cent of their annual basic salary.

“But, the long suffering Nigerian workers, who are the main victims of the hardship caused by the incompetence of this administration, do not have any hardship allowance, and are expected to survive on the unlivable minimum wage of the Buhari government,” the group said.

Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar support group in Anambra State has called for Buhari’s disqualification from the 2019 polls, accusing him of contradictions in his secondary school certificate.

In a statement by its state Chairman and Secretary, Chika Nwosu and Osiberoha Osibe, in Awka, yesterday, the group said Buhari’s statement contravenes Section 118 of the Nigerian Criminal Code 118, which provides that “any person who commits perjury is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.”

It said the false claim is tantamount to a criminal act of lying under oath.

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