Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
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, is a horrible corruption.
A statement, issued and signed by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, and made available to journalists, 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 power.
“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.