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Thursday 11 August 2016

Nigeria Suddenly became Poor under me – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented Nigeria’s dwindling resources saying that Nigeria is “suddenly a poor country” owing to  drop in crude oil prices in the international market.

The President revealed this while speaking at the state house in Abuja on Thursday. He received Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and under secretary-general of the United Nations.

President Buhari through Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity said that Nigerians were cushioned from the “severe shortage” because of his administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

“It has been a very difficult year for Nigeria”

“Before we came to office, petroleum sold for about $100 per barrel. Then it crashed to $37, and now oscillates between $40 and $45 per barrel.

“Suddenly, we’re a poor country, but commitment to transparency and accountability is not making people know that there is severe shortage.”

The President also pleaded with UNFPA to bear with Nigeria in any area where the country fell short of its responsibilities adding that Nigeria’s population and different cultural practices in the country provided a fertile ground for research to organizations like UNFPA.

The President also thanked the UN agency for its commitment to saving lives of Nigerian women and children.

On food security, Buhari said reports from the north-east were encouraging, as internally displaced persons had begun returning to their farmlands, with the guarantee of relative security.

Osotimehin, a former minister of health in Nigeria, reiterated UNFPA’s determination to promote health care facilities across the country, noting that reduction of maternal mortality is doable if the country pays more attention to access to health facilities, and the human resources to run them.

He also encouraged Nigeria to commit to providing resources for health care on a rollover basis, pledging that the UN would work with the country to provide humanitarian assistance not only in the north-east “but even extended to the Lake Chad basin.”

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