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Bear with us Nigeria is poor, Buhari tells UN (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari has branded Nigeria as a poor country, blaming fall in oil price as the cause.

He stated this on Thursday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin.

According to President Buhari, the prudent manner his administration had been handling the nation’s resources had made it impossible for people to know that there is severe shortage in the country.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who made this available in a statement he released on Thursday, noted that commitment to transparency and accountability was serving the government in good stead,
despite severe shortage of resources in the country.

“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.

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

Asking UNFPA to bear with Nigeria in whichever area the country could not live up to its responsibilities for now, President Buhari said “exploding population and different cultural practices in the country provide fertile ground for research to organisations like UNFPA.”

He thanked the UN agency for its commitment to saving lives in Nigeria, particularly of women and children.

Speaking on food security, President Buhari said that reports from the North-East of the country were encouraging, as people were returning to their farmlands, with the guarantee of relative security.

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