9 million Nigerians have lost their jobs under Buhari – Former deputy central bank governor Kingsley Moghalu Updated for 2021


Updated: March 2, 2021

At least nine million Nigerians have become jobless since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015, making Africa’s most populous nation “the poverty capital of the world”, a former deputy central bank governor said on Wednesday.

“Nine million people have lost their jobs since Buhari came to power in 2015; Nigeria has become a killing field under him, even though he was a General,” Professor Kingsley Moghalu said on Wednesday while inaugurating his support organisation in Awka, Anambra State, according to local newspaper, The Punch.

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Mr. Moghalu, who is running for President, blasted the Nigerian leader, arguing that he had squandered the goodwill Nigerians accorded him during the 2015 general elections.

He said President Buhari was running on an old expired good name, and defeating him would be easy, because of his broken promises and failures in the past three and half years.

“Buhari is running on an old name. I will beat him by simply using his poor record.

“Under Buhari, Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world. We have more people that are poor,” he said.


Why it matters: Nigerians go to the polls in February to elect a new President and already two former Nigerian leaders and an ex vice president have advised Mr. Buhari, 76, not to run. They have branded his administration a failure, arguing that Nigerians are now worse off under his leadership. But the embattled Nigerian leader, who just returned from another medical emergency trip to the United Kingdom, has praised himself and vowed he would win again.
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