A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bala Ibrahim, has blamed the “16-year misrule” of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for being responsible for the poverty of over 133 million Nigerians.
Ibrahim, who is also the Director of Information of the ruling party, said, on the contrary, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has produced many millionaire rice farmers since May 2015.
The APC member stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) mid-November revealed that 63% of Nigerians (133 million people) are multidimensionally poor. It said while 65% of the poor (86 million people) live in the north, 35% (nearly 47 million) live in the south.
However, Ibrahim said, “I am happy the NBS did not say it is the APC that impoverished Nigerians.”
“This poverty that has taken control of Nigeria is a result of the misrule of the PDP for 16 years. The APC since it came into power has been doing everything to uplift the standard of living, to take people to the place of their ambitions it promised to provide succor and it is doing so.