- One of the cardinal promises of the Buhari administration is to lift 20 million Nigerians out of poverty
- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that the target is already close at hand given the steps taken so far by the administration
- The comment of the vice president has also generated comments from many Nigerians on social media
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has said that the Buhari administration’s vision to lift at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next two years is now close at hand.
Professor Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday, January 19 in Abuja during the virtual flag-off of a cash transfer scheme initiated by the federal government.
A statement from Laolu Akande, the vice president spokesman, seen by Legit.ng quoted Osinbajo as saying the programme will help the federal government achieve its aspiration.
Some Nigerians on social media have been reacting to the comment of the vice president.
Gloria Adagbon wrote:
“This is more like it. Develop policies, plan and execute to the benefit of the people. This social security scheme will help the poor, improve the purchasing power of beneficiaries and help the federal government’s ambition to lift millions out of poverty. VP Osinbajo’s expertise is a huge plus.”
Festus Ogun wrote:
“A Professor of Law wants to lift 20m Nigerians out of poverty in two years with 5k each? The joke is on you, Sir.”
Hassan Micah Elang wrote:
“Only industrialization of the private sector will bring lasting employment opportunities.”
Jibola Emmanuel wrote:
“With the level of poverty and unfriendly public policy in place, it seems to me Osinbajo is living in eldorado.”
John Freedom wrote:
“We have heard enough of these empty promises. We are still waiting. Hunger everywhere.”
Recall that Osinbajo's recent virtual meeting with the Microsoft Corporation team led by its president, Mr Brad Smith on Friday, January 8 generated excitement among young Nigerians on social media.
Legit.ng gathered the tech giant committed to partnering with the federal government in its Economic Sustainability Plan, prompting massive reactions among young people in the country.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians especially the elites to be fair in their criticism of his administration by looking at the situation of the country before the assumption of the All Progressives Congress-led government.
A statement by the presidency seen by Legit.ng noted that President Buhari made the call on Thursday, January 14 when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission.
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