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Tinubu administration challenges Atiku’s critique of naira policy

Presidency Counters Atiku's Claims, Citing Economic Stability Efforts and Capital Inflow Surge

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In a tweet yesterday, regarding Nigeria’s economic trajectory, the Presidency rebuffed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s criticisms of President Tinubu’s fiscal policies, especially concerning the management of the naira. The discourse, marked by divergent views on currency stability, underscores the nation’s ongoing economic debate.

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, asserts that Atiku’s proposition of a controlled floatation of the naira mirrors past strategies under the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. Onanuga contends that such policies, characterized by substantial monthly expenditure to bolster the naira, only exacerbated financial irregularities, including arbitrage.

Atiku, a former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, criticizes the perceived hasty implementation of Tinubu’s economic reforms, attributing heightened Naira volatility and soaring food prices to governmental mismanagement. He advocates for a managed-floating exchange rate system, arguing for judicious Central Bank intervention to stabilize currency fluctuations.

Contrary to Atiku’s assertions, Onanuga tweeted, the Presidency maintains that Tinubu’s administration has initiated comprehensive measures to stabilize the naira and mitigate market volatility. Notably, recent statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics reveal a substantial increase in capital inflow during the fourth quarter of 2023, indicating growing investor confidence in Nigeria’s economic policies.

In response to Atiku’s critique, the National Publicity Director of the APC, Ibrahim, attributes prevailing financial challenges, including forex issues, to the legacy of the PDP government, which oversaw the tenure of Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank Governor.

The ongoing debate underscores the complexities of Nigeria’s economic landscape as stakeholders navigate divergent perspectives in pursuit of sustainable growth and stability.

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