The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday said Nigeria’s economy was in bad shape because members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic team do not posses what it takes to turn the economy of the country around.
Atiku said if voted into office in 2019, he would use the knowledge he had garnered from many years of serving as a public officer and being in business to turn the economy around.
He spoke in Aba, during a town hall meeting he had with representatives of the business community.
The presidential candidate said he was in the South-East to interact with businessmen from the zone because of the role they played in the economic development of the country and West Africa.
He said he would do whatever was obtainable within the confines of the law to promote the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
He said, “I am aware of your challenges because I am a businessman like you. Whatever that is your pain is also my pain. I face the same challenges you are facing, but the only thing we can do to change the situation is to change the government in power now.
“This present government lacks the understanding and the capacity to turn our economy around, nor promote the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“We would ensure that policies that would encourage businesses to thrive in Nigeria are put in place.”
Atiku said the nation could not afford to have a population of 15 million unemployed youths.