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“Majority Of Nigerians Are Poor” - Buhari Tells New Ministers

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Head of states, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday August 20, told his Ministers designate that majority Nigerians are extremely poor.





The President made the disclosure at the end of the two-days Presidential Retreat for designate and senior Government officials.





Buhari affirmed that these poor Nigerians are anxiously hoping for a better life and a Nigeria where they won’t have to worry about what they will eat, where they will live or if they can afford to pay for their children’s education or healthcare.

Read President Buhari’s speech in full below;

After two days, we have come to the end of a successful retreat. However, you will agree that our work is just beginning.

These last two days have been very instructive for me personally, because I have had the opportunity to know many of you new Ministers-Designate better. I was also pleased to see that you have all equally enjoyed debating and deliberating on the various challenges before us over the next 4 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, majority of our people are poor and are anxiously hoping for a better life. A Nigeria in which they do not have to worry about what they will eat, where they will live or if they can afford to pay for their children’s education or healthcare.

Our responsibility as leaders of this great country is to meet these basic needs for our people. As I mentioned yesterday, this Administration inherited many challenges from our predecessors to mention a few:

A country in which 18 local governments in the Northeast were under the control of Boko Haram

Decayed infrastructure in which our rail lines and roads had severely deteriorated;

A rent seeking economy that depended largely on oil revenues and imports

Significant unpaid pensions, subsidy debts, legacy contractor debts. I can go on and on.

In our first term, we laid the foundation to rebuild our country. We recaptured those 18 Local Governments previously held by Boko Haram, whose activities are now limited to sporadic attacks against soft targets.

Our investments in road and rail infrastructure are without precedent, and many of you can attest to this. We also focused on diversifying the economy from oil towards agriculture and industrialization.

Despite reduced revenues from oil and gas compared to past governments, we have broadly addressed many of the legacy debts they left behind.

Whilst we have obvious successes to celebrate, the challenges ahead are significant as you would have observed in detail over these two days. Nevertheless, from the quality of the deliberations, it is clear that solutions to our problems are well researched and have been well articulated.

We have discussed solutions relating to addressing Insecurity; Macroeconomic Stability; Agriculture and Food Security; Energy Security for Petroleum products and Electricity; Transportation and Critical Infrastructure; Industrialization and SME Development; Human Capital Development; Social Inclusion; Anti-Corruption; Housing Financing and Consumer Credit.

Public service is not easy work, and at times it can be thankless. I am therefore charging you all to see this opportunity to serve as an honour, to give your best to deliver on this mandate, for a more prosperous Nigeria, not for some, but for all Nigerians.

You will find that working collaboratively and purposefully will enable us to achieve quicker results, recognizing that four years is not a very long time. For the new Ministers, make sure you engage and benefit from the experience of the older Ministers and former Governors in the cabinet.

In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channeled through the Chief of Staff, while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

I would like to thank the Office of the SGF for coordinating this successful Presidential Retreat. I would also like to thank the National Assembly leadership, the Party Chairman, Chairman of the Governors Forum, and resource firms, for the active engagements and contributions.

Once again, the challenges that lie ahead of us as a country are significant. But I have no doubt in your individual capacities and our collective patriotic commitment to deliver a better Nigeria for us, our children and a brighter future for all.

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Yes that is a true fact but we need a change now

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well it the economy dt has affected all of us

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Youngk4real123
If majority of Nigerians are poor, then what are you, the president doing about the growing poverty

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Yes it is true that majority of Nigerian a poor please try to make job for us

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FARUKU
My President is it now you know

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Jackson

[ @Captainrex5: ] If majority of Nigerians are poor, then what are you, the president doing about the growing poverty

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We have president that have his people in his heart our problem is cabal

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Danga
That's true, 80% if am too rate, but God will help us.

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Hopefully this new plan will work out and be life changing

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so you know and you're not doing anything about it

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i said it from day one that man is senseless

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onumanne
a better Nigeria for us, our children and a brighter future for all. Amen!

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yes ... many of them don't have the work to do that will bring money in for them. our leaders should do something to help them out,

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Hmm baba buhari daura good information well done keep it up

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Pls tell them so they will know what there are in for.

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Every Nigerian knows this, and you did too. it is not a new information.

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Thank you for this update. A leader suppose not to tell his followers that they are poor

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The president need to do something about. This poverty because the poverty is nao much on us our economic is down.

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So, what is PMB doing to curb poverty.

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Yes we know that, that's why you and your team should get down to business and alleviate poverty in our land.

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Carry go baba i know u gat a good plan for us all bt d bad eggs wunt wnt that to com to play

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[ Johnson] Yes that is a true fact but we need a change now

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Olaitan
i hope the new techniques will help a lot of Nigerians get back on their feet cause a lot of them are experiencing a lot of hardship already.

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My first time of hearing Buhari saying something good.
Well done my presidoo

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Dont allow people from Victoria Island Lagos to hear or see this oo Mr. President

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[ @Staley10: ] Yes that is a true fact but we need a change now

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Am a good person in character
Keep updating us from this source

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please Mr President poverty his killing Nigeria

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I am very gentle soul business man am a great man business
it's not we Nigerians that are poor, it's our economy

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issorite so what's gonna happen now after telling them

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