Ngige says Buhari not responsible for hunger, poverty

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, in his New Year letter to Nigerians.

The former Anambra State governor said the four major contenders for the presidency have the requisite and cognate experience to manage the affairs of the country, and he will not campaign for or against any of them.

Ngige, who spoke to journalists in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Wednesday, named the presidential candidates as Alhaji Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party.

He claimed that the current administration should not be blamed for the country’s food and energy crises because they are occurring all over the world, not just in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Ngige faulted Obasanjo’s claims that Nigeria has fallen far behind where it was at the start of his presidency in 1999.

He recalled that while serving as the governor of Anambra State, the same Obasanjo, who was then President, said he was going to construct the Second Niger Bridge but failed to do so, owing to a lack of commitment.

Ngige warned that Buhari should be left alone and not be blamed for everything that has gone awry “under the sun.”

Taking a swipe at the former president, Ngige questioned what poverty alleviation measures he put in place while he ruled for eight years.

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