Insecurity, poverty: President Buhari blames elite for state of the nation

Insecurity, poverty: President Buhari blames elite for state of the nation

- Nigerian elites have been indicted by President Muhammadu Buhari due to the state of the nation

- The president said the upper class of the society are responsible for the current trends in the country and have a say in future projections

- The president made the comment while speaking in Jos, at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, December 12 said that Nigerian elites are responsible for what Nigeria is and what it can become, The Nation reports.

According to the report, the president made the comment at the graduation ceremony of 78 participants of the Senior Executive Course 42 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

The president was, however, represented by Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state at the event.

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Insecurity, poverty: President Buhari blames elite for state of the nation
President Buhari was represented at the event by Governor Simon Lalong. Photo credit: @PLSGov
Source: UGC

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He also declared the fast-growing young and dynamic population that feels alienated and disempowered as a threat to national stability.

He said it was based on this premise that his administration set its sights on lifting 100 million people out of poverty over the next decade.

His words:

“Job creation and youth empowerment can be undertaken at scale by the private sector, but it requires government officials to encourage enterprise by promoting the ease of doing business.”

Recall that the Buhari administration recently commenced N30,000 grants for taxi, bus, okada, Keke Napep, Uber, Bolt drivers, and cart pushers across the country.

Under the government's artisan support scheme, a total of 333,000 artisans and transport business operators nationwide will get one-time operations grant of N30,000 per beneficiary to reduce the effects of income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, some Nigerians on social media have advised the president against sharing grants to citizens.

According to them, the president should focus on improving the economy generally rather than giving out funds to vulnerable citizens.

In a related development, Ishaku Elisha Abbo, the senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district in the National Assembly, on Saturday, December 5 empowered indigent youths and women as part of efforts to make them self-reliant.

A statement from the media office of the senator sent to Legit.ng on Monday, December 7, indicates that the programme is intended to train youths and women in skills in animal husbandry.

After the training, each participant/beneficiary was empowered with seed capital from N200,000 upward.

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