The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to render an unreserved apology to Nigerians over a comment attributed to her on the current state of the nation’s economy.
The minister had on Wednesday, via her twitter handle, purportedly said that recession is just a word, in response to concern by Nigerians over a recently released report by the National Bureau of Statistics.
The NBS had announced Wednesday that Nigeria’s economy contracted by 2.06% in the second quarter, bringing the country into a long predicted recession.
But Mrs. Adeosun, reportedly took to the micro-blogging platform via @Mrskemiadeosun to downplay the significance of the report, saying “The strongest of all warriors are ‘Time and Patience’. I know people are concerned about the recession. Recession is a word”.
The tweet was later deleted.
However, the PDP, through its Director of New Media, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement yesterday, said the minister’s utterances were not only out of place but also “insensitive” and that she should apologize to Nigerians.
The party expressed shock that the comment was made on the same day the NBS released a damning report stating that 4,580,602 people have lost their under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Mrs. Kemi Adeosun’s statement yesterday (Wednesday) was an out of line & insensitive attempt at signaling. Contrary to her belief, ‘recession’ is not just a word. It’s a horrible reality for millions of Nigerians who face increasing difficulty in putting food on the table & meeting basic everyday financial obligations”, Mr. Adeyanju said.
“Her comments fly against the reality of rising food costs, parents withdrawing children from schools due to fee increments, rising transportation costs, rents & other such everyday expenditure.
“Her comments are an insult to suffering Nigerians & make mockery of the pain we bear as a result of the sheer incompetence & lack of ability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration of which she is an integral part”, he added.
“We urge Mrs. Adeosun to apologise for her insensitive comments, to stop speaking like a motivational speaker and act like the Minister of Finance that she is”, the statement said.