I Am Upset With The Level Of Poverty In Nigeria – President Buhari

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I Am Upset With The Level Of Poverty In Nigeria – President Buhari



Speaking when he hosted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo , 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 last night , President Buhari said what upsets him when he drives around the country is the level of poverty he sees.


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“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 plastic bowl. They are looking basically for what to eat.


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The question of education (to them) is a luxury. I think Nigerian elite we are all failing because I think we should have a programme that will at least guarantee some basic education for our people no matter how poor they are.

“So , I welcome the Vice-President for initiating the School feeding programme. If you check in your localities the enrolment into schools improved because a lot of children can get at least one good meal a day.

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This is the position of this country. But , culturally some of us are quiet merciless , we don’t care about what happen to others we just keep on moving forward.

“This `market money’ I warned the Vice-President I don’t like him to be mobbed , especially the way I see hefty women coming and confronting him , he should be very careful. These are very good initiatives.


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Initially , I was quite reluctant but I must admit that they are very good programmes 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 programmes 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.

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