Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, in his 2021 Could Day solidarity message to Nigerian staff, lamented what he described because the persistent and horrifying financial decimation of the Nigerian working class.
He decried a state of affairs the place the Nigeria working class is confronted with financial hardship and poor dwelling situations.
Talking via his media adviser, Paul Ibe, in an announcement, Atiku noticed with concern that the situations of the Nigerian staff are worrisome contemplating the socio-economic local weather pervading the land.
The previous Vice expressed dismay that primary meals gadgets are unaffordable, stressing that Nigerians are in a state of affairs the place the value of a bag of rice is sort of at par with the worth of our minimal wage.
He lamented, “The rise within the nationwide minimal wage has been matched or neutralised by astronomical inflation that’s accelerating at a breath-taking fee nearly every day. Even the domestically produced meals are prohibitively costly.”
The previous Vice President famous that the Nigerian staff have by no means had it so unhealthy, with the impacts of the lockdown and worsening inflation have taken their heaviest toll on the working class, including that the state of affairs is so unhealthy that they’re now dwelling from fingers to mouth.
In line with him, this example would solely create beneficial situations for corruption and worsen despair and psychological well being issues amongst civil servants.
He defined that these challenges of financial survival usually are not restricted to the civil servants alone, however they have an effect on the working class in any respect ranges, together with artisans and different low-income teams which are struggling desperately to place meals on the desk within the face of declining incomes and rising inflation.
In line with the assertion, the extravagant existence of elected officers whereas poverty is decimating the persons are an indication of insensitivity, saying that the federal government cannot inform the strange folks to make sacrifices whereas elected officers are reluctant to take the lead in making these sacrifices.
“Elected and appointed officers should in any respect ranges minimize down on their extravagant expenditures on the expense of the folks,” he suggested.
He suggested that regardless of these challenges, Nigerians mustn’t lose hope within the nation, assuring that Nigeria is greater than those that preside over its affairs.
He assured, “Now we have extra frequent pursuits that unite us than issues that divide us. Allow us to not enable anybody to make use of us as combating instruments whereas they’re busy defending their very own pursuits.”