Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president has said he is very angry over the poverty ravaging Nigerians and the Almajiris who are beggars on the street, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.
The president disclosed this while hosting Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, the country Vice President and other top government officials, including the service chiefs to a breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mr. Buhari who said he is very angry over the poverty situation of Nigerians, challenged the rich and Nigerian elites to quickly address the challenge.
Part of the government efforts to addressing poverty and starvation in Nigeria is the introduction of school feeding and `Trader Money’ which is specifically designed to help the poor out of the poverty, the president said.
Buhari praised Mr. Osibanjo for a successful implementation of the school feeding and `trader money’ programmes
“When I drive around the country what upset me very much is the status of our poor people in this country – you see young people, the so-called Almajiris with tore dresses, with a plastic bowl. They are looking basically for what to eat.
“The question of education (to them) is a luxury. I think the Nigerian elite are all failing because I think we should have a programme that will at least guarantee some basic education for our people no matter how poor they are.
The president frowned at some politicians whom he accused of dividing the country along ethno-religious lines for political gains.
Top government officials who attended the breaking of fast were Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority, Yakubu Ibn Muhammed and Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Abdullahi Mukhtar.