Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has criticized the N30,000 minimum wage as insufficient for an average Nigerian worker in a statement released to mark International Workers Day on May 1. He urged workers not to despair but to be hopeful.
Atiku observed that hyperinflation in all sectors of the Nigerian economy has caused serious socio-economic strangulation to the average Nigerian worker, who is now poorer than in 2015 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over. He also advised workers to use the 2023 Worker’s Day as a moment for sober reflection and stock-taking, given the myriad of socio-economic tribulations facing them in the last eight years.
According to Atiku, the lives and welfare of workers and their families have been reduced to the abyss of mere existence due to the litany of policy errors by the ruling APC government, which created insecurity in all aspects of workers’ lives, such as food, shelter, health, wealth, and education.