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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

PGF DG cautions Buhari, APC against politicising Nigeria’s challenges


THE Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman, has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the All Progressives Congress, to downplay politics when seeking for solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

He said there was no denying the fact that, extreme poverty in northern Nigeria, was responsible for the rising spate of criminality across the region.

Citing the recent World Bank report on the number of extremely poor Nigerians, Lukman stressed the need for the Buhari-led APC regime to step up its game.

Lukman, said this in a paper titled, “Poverty and Existential Problems of Nigeria,” which he made public, in Abuja, on Monday.

He said, “Without questioning the legitimacy of World Bank underestimated figure of 94 million Nigerians living below poverty, both the APC and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledges that more than 100 million Nigerians are poor.

“The critical issue is to what extent are we committed, both as a party and as a government, to implement initiatives aimed at reducing poverty in the country?

“Somehow, given our increasing challenges as a nation, the impact of government welfare programmes appears to be hardly satisfactory, which account for the stagnant reality of the problem of extreme poverty as reported by the World Bank.

“Often, we over politicise challenges and, in the process, weaken our capacities both as citizens and as governments to mobilise effective national responses to the resolutions of serious problem of poverty in the country.’’

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