Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said he does not believe the figures of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on increase in poverty under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Keyamo, who is the spokesman of the re-election campaign of President Buhari, disclosed this in a chat with The Interview.
Asked why he thought Buhari deserved re-election in light of reports on growing poverty and the weak economy, Keyamo said: “Where does the National Bureau of Statistics get its figures from? I don’t believe those statistics!”
NAIJ.com gathered that statistics from the NBS shows that unemployment has been on the increase under President Buhari.
According to the bureau, 18.80% were unemployed in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the 9.90% in the third quarter of 2015.
Keyamo expressed optimism that Buhari would be re-elected in 2019, saying the president will instill a different political culture in the country before he retires.
“He (Buhari) needs time to instill that culture different from what we have learned government is all about,” he said.
“Let’s be honest, most young people of our generation grew up to know only the PDP system, which is – and was – only about money.”
Keyamo said unlike the PDP “whose oxygen is money”, Buhari did not need federal funds to clinch his re-election, saying his supporters would be happy to sell their possessions for his re-election.
He said Buhari also needed to consolidate his anti-corruption war and deal a final blow on insecurity, describing insinuations that the president was sponsoring herdsmen as “satanic and idiotic.”
When asked if he would support full disclosure of the health status of all the candidates in the 2019 campaign, Keyamo said: “I agree that candidates should declare their health status. But if somebody is sick and is well and now discloses that he is well now, fine. He (Buhari) is ready to go; he is fit to go. Abacha was not sick at all, no history; yet he slumped and died.”