By Olivia Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty has been roundly carpeted by a Chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Olusegun Bamgbose, who described it as hollow and unachievable.
Bamgbose made this submission in a statement on Friday, September 11, 2020.
While calling the President’s promise a ‘pure fallacy’ that was ‘unrealistic”, which was akin to building castles in the air, Bamgbose said that following the claim by one of Buhari’s Ministers that about 90 million Nigerians were wallowing in absolute poverty, how come the President was now saying he was going to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty; “How did he get the additional 10 million Nigerians?” He asked.
For Bamgbose, the contradiction between President’s promise and the realities on ground as pointed out by his minister was proof of the unreliability of the statement, which was a political statement that was meant to mobilize the support of Nigerians for the administration.
Recall that Buhari, in his recent address, at the retreat for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and other top government officials, boasted to Nigerians of his administration’s readiness to lift 100 million citizens out of poverty in the next 10 years.