The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the directive by President
Muhammadu Buhari to the Statistician General of Nigeria, Mr. Yemi Kale,
to change the data on unemployment in the country and create impression
of massive job creation by his administration, as a horrible corruption.
The PDP therefore condemns in totality, the brazen attempt to manipulate
official statistics in favour of Buhari’s administration saying it is a
new low in the APC-led government’s established culture of deceit,
falsehood and criminal subterfuge, in its desperation to hang on to
In this desperation, the Buhari Presidency is now trying to force the
Statistician General of Nigeria to alter genuine data and smuggle in
fictitious employment figures.
Our party holds that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is a
professional body, insulated from government interferences, with
statutory responsibility to compute credible and verifiable data and
statistics, for national planning.
The PDP is therefore shocked at this attempt by the Buhari Presidency to
corrupt our system through the falsification of employment statistics
just to shore up its failed economic policies that have brought untold
hardship on the Nigerian people.
Nigerians can now see why the Buhari Presidency has deliberately starved
the NBS of funds; to prevent it from conducting surveys and releasing
further data that highlight the failures of the APC administration.
Unfortunately, President Buhari appears to have forgotten that
statistics is like a mirror. If the government does not like the
ugliness of its reflection, then the problem is not with the mirror.
If the NBS backs down for political expediency or intimidation, it would
have dealt a mortal blow to the credibility of official statistics
emanating from Nigeria. In the future, such official reports from it
would be regarded worthless and unreliable.
We therefore call on the Statistician General not to succumb to the
blackmail of the Buhari Presidency but remain on the path of truth and
facts, in the course of his duty.
National Publicity Secretary