Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said some people and agencies are out to undermine the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bello, who’s recently appointed the National Youth Co-ordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, said some of the figures churned out by National bureau of statistics (NBS) are questionable because the agency is peopled by those appointed by previous government.
Bello spoke on Wednesday during a chat with ARISE TV on the All Progressives Congress (APC) preparedness ahead commencement of campaign for the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
When asked for his comment on the alarming debt ratio, the high rate of youth unemployment and the worrying migration of medical workers under the Buhari administration as revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the governor said those statistics are questionable, adding that Buhari did not rejig the NBS.
He said, “Most times we question and query the statistics because I am most affected sometimes. For instance, the NBS or in the media or out there, people used to say that Kogi State is owing salaries or not paying salaries.
“Even an elite once put it on his Facebook post that I was owing salaries of 18 or 12 months. And that person is supposed to be a credible leader in his own right. And within a few hours, he had to put down that information. So, there are information out there that are misleading.
“But that is not to say there are no areas to be improved upon in this government. But the fact is that there are saboteurs. Still, in the midst of all of that, the country is moving on. The President continues to improve on our infrastructure.
“On the issue of National Bureau of Statistics, a federal government agency Mr President inherited but did not rejig appropriately, will not be there to sabotage and dish out numbers.
“And for them to come out clean, they need to show us the methodologies they applied, let us see the processes they applied for them to come up with these numbers.”
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