Rate of poverty: Buhari should match words with action ― Ohanaez
Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its reaction to the President
Mohammadu Buhari’s concern on the growing rate of
poverty in Nigeria said that the government was not really
serious that it was concerned on the escalated rate of
poverty in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari speaking
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.
The apex Igbo body said that talk was cheap and urged
President Buhari to match his words with action, other than
a shallow exhibition of concern when indeed insecurity has
contributed significantly in making most Nigerians poor.
Media and Publicity Adviser to the President General of
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Attama, in reaction to the
President’s speech said “He (President Buhari) is not
serious about addressing the issue of poverty in a state of
insecurity in the country.
“There is no way people cannot be poor when their sources
of wealth have been destroyed by insecurity; when there is
a high level of unemployment and per capita income is very
low. All these are integrated and no one can stand in
isolation of the other.
“People cannot give their best to grow the economy in
hostile environments. There is more to eradicating poverty
than mere lip service. The president should match his
words with action.
“The banks are not giving loans except by high margins
that cannot be afforded by the very ordinary citizen, so
how do you expect people not to be poor. Mr President
should better be serious about eradicating poverty other
than mere talk.”