On Monday Nigeria
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari lamented the soaring level of poverty in the country at the moment, saying that the
situation makes him itchy.
President Muhammadu Buhari uttered his unhappiness on the nation’s poverty level when he played host to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Ministers, Service Chiefs, Heads of Security Agencies and Chief Executives of Federal Government Agencies and Institutions to a breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his statement during the breaking of Ramadan fast with members of the federal executive council, service chiefs and heads of MDGs at the Presidential Banquet hall State House, Monday night in Abuja. He frowned at the inability of the Nigerian elites to address the welfare and educational needs of the less-privileged in the society.
President Buhari who renowned that too many people were consecutively roaming around unable to find something to take in, challenged the best to do something very urgent to restructure the wretched situation. He revealed that already Federal Government had introduced people friendly programs like the School Feeding.
He, highly praised the Vice-President for successfully managing the school feeding and `trader money’ programs According to him, “When I drive around the country what upset me very much is the status of our poor people in this country, you see young people, the so-called Almajiris with tore dresses, with a plastic bowl looking basically for what to eat.
The president further added “education question is luxury. I think Nigerian leaders are all failing because I think we should have a program that will at least guarantee some basic education for our people no matter how poor they are.
`market money’ I warned the Vice-President I don’t like him to be mobbed, especially the way I see heavy women coming and confronting him, he should be very careful. “These are very good initiates. Initially, I was quite reluctant but I must confess that they are very good programs and they endear this government to a lot of poor people because of these N5,000 or N10,000 being given to them as loans.
“They are fantastic programs and I have to
admit quite honestly that the Vice-President was ahead of me by insisting on
them. “But he knows me if he insists I will say `okay go and do what you like.’
He did it and I’m very pleased as he is being very successful,’’ he said.
Speaking at the event,
Vice-President Osinbajo, Appreciate the president for
inviting them, both Muslims and Christians, to the breaking of fast with him in
the on going Ramadan period. He said that regardless of ethnic and religious
affiliations Nigerians must continue to be their brothers’ keepers and must
work towards building a united nation.