President Buhari has expressed sadness at the level of poverty in Nigeria. 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.
“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. The question of education (to them) is a luxury.
I think Nigerian elite we 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.“So, I welcome the Vice-President for initiating the School feeding program.
If you check in your localities the enrollment into schools improved because a lot of children can get at least one good meal a day. 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.
Initially, I was quite reluctant but I must admit 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.
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