President Muhammadu Buhari has drawn the criticisms of Nigerians after his comment saying 5 millions Nigerians have been lifted out of poverty since he assumed power.
While speaking at the opening of the global youth employment forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday, Buhari represented by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), said:
“We note at this point that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significant, and on the front burner of development discourse,” he said.
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“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.
“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.
“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs.
“One of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.
“For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.”
What Nigerians are saying:
The effrontery with which these guys say these false claims makes me wonder if they ever pause to consider what becomes of their children after now. How dare they insult our collective intelligence in this manner?
Haba! At least we get sense small na.
— NobLeJaY (@AbadiPerebo) August 1, 2019
@MBuhari is living in a secluded environment hence he doesn’t know what’s going on in the country 🤣🤣.
— EmmyBoss (@PiatekDBomber) August 1, 2019
Which Nigeria are you Talking about….Nigeria my country or another Nigeria????
— Ahmad Abdulkarim Kano (@AbdulkarimKano) August 1, 2019
Eeeeeeh,make una come see ooo,who b d 5million ppl,Buhari U are a shameless man
— chúks kelvin (@OkwueshineK) August 1, 2019