Festus Keyamo (SAN) has challenged Nigerian masses to return the favour of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to their wellbeing by supporting his reelection, claiming that since 1960, no government has empowered the poor like the present one.
Keyamo, Media Director, Buhari Campaign Organisation, made this known in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at the inauguration of Buhari/Osinbajo Project 2019.
Keyamo, who delivered a lecture at the occasion, said the previous administrations looted the treasury instead of funding infrastructure and programmes for the poor.
“They operated a system that ignored physical infrastructure in the country, that ignored the plight of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable in Nigeria,” he said.
“If you compare what accrued to the country in 16 years and what were done with the money earned in three years and infrastructure built by Buhari, you will see the difference.
“In 16 years, all they did in the South East was Onisha-Owerri road, whereas in three years, President Buhari is doing four major road construction in the region. You have a president who has fought for you, why can’t you fight for him.
“This is the time he needs you more to fight for him. It is reciprocal and that is why we must remind ourselves today why we must stand firmly behind him in 2019.
“I can tell that there is no government in the history of this country since 1960 that has addressed the plights the poor, the vulnerable in the last three years than this government.”
He listed the administration’s intervention programmes for the poor and vulnerable which include the N5,000 monthly stipends, feeding of over eight million school pupils and soft loans of between N250,000 and N350,000 to small business owners.
“These social intervention programmes show that Buhari’s government is touching the lives of the poor than the rich,” he said.
According to him, before Buhari came on board, over 24 state governments were unable to pay salaries of their workers.
He said the administration, with prudent management of resources, approved bailout funds to the states to clear the arrears and address their critical challenges.
“We should not go back to that era of nonpayment of salary and suffering of the masses,” Keyamo added.
He told the people of Kwara that the time has come to free themselves from “slavery, from oppression and subjugation”.
“You must fight for your liberation before you can be liberated, we must come together to salvage the state form the oppressor,” he said.
“No man is god, no to hegemony in Kwara, you must stand firm, this is the time Kwara people are living Egypt for the promised land.”
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