So, it all started on Wednesday, November 13th after the Statistician General of the Federation, Yemi Kale revealed that the National Bureau of Statistics will not be able to release Nigeria’s current unemployment figures.

According to him, this is because the NBS is unable to gather the data as the federal government did not release the money needed to gather the unemployment data.

Reacting to this, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, faulted the Federal Government for allegedly failing to provide the funds needed for the National Bureau of Statistics to perform its essential service.

He said the situation had made it impossible for the NBS to produce the current annual employment report as mandated by law.

Atiku’s position was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by his campaign group, the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation.

He claimed that the present administration deliberately starved the NBS of the fund with a view to hiding the nation’s unemployment figure which it said has become unprecedented.

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He said throughout the period the PDP was in power, the party did not starve NBS of funds.

“We know for a fact that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is in a state of panic because of the unprecedented unemployment numbers in Nigeria and is desperate to hide that information from the public.

“If the Buhari administration can afford 1.1 billion naira to fumigate the office of the National Security Adviser, if they can afford 3.5 million naira every month to feed Ibrahim El Zakzaky, then they can afford to release funds for the NBS to perform its statutory duty of releasing the nation’s job report,” the statement said.

The statement added that “President Buhari promised to create three million jobs per annum during the 2015 Presidential campaign season, but has ended up losing over three million jobs every year since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015”.

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