OSINBAJO: Poverty knows no religion or tribe, it’s the same anywhere in Nigeria

OSINBAJO: Poverty knows no religion or tribe, it's the same anywhere in Nigeria

The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Nigerians to shun divisive acts and work with the government to banish poverty from the country.

Speaking on the imperative of unity across Nigeria’s ethnic and religious lines, the Acting President noted that poverty does not know any tribe or religion as it affects millions of Nigerians.

He spoke on Sunday when he hosted a delegation of religious and traditional leaders and senior Government officials to commemorate Eid El-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “When you look at the hundreds of thousands of our people everywhere in this country — and I’ve been around this country — poverty is the same. It doesn’t wear a different face whether you’re poor in Lagos, or you’re poor in Sokoto or you’re poor in Aba, poverty is the same; hunger is the same, wherever you are.

“If you’re hungry you’re hungry, your religion doesn’t matter. Your ethnicity doesn’t matter. And that is why for us, it is so important that we work together to make sure that our country is able to take care of millions of its people.”

He recalled and reiterated the message of unity in President Buhari’s Eid El-Fitr message to Nigerians, in which the President urged that Nigerians “should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less endowed nations.”

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According to the Acting President, “We are a geopolitical power because of our strength in numbers and our diversity. That’s why we’re a geopolitical power. Our relevance comes from our size, the size of our market, and our diversity, and the fact that anywhere you go, Nigerians are probably the smartest people you’ll ever meet anywhere.”

The delegation that paid him the annual traditional Sallah Homage was led by the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, and included Imams from the National Mosque, Abuja; Representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); the Aso Villa Chapel; and Traditional Rulers from the FCT. Also present were senior Government Officials, including the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Ade Ipaye; Members of the National Assembly; Security Chiefs, including the National Security Adviser, Chief of Defence Staff, Inspector-General of Police, Director General of the Department of State Services, and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; FCT Area Council Chairmen, and senior officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

The Acting president later also played host to the visiting President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, to Akinola Aguda House, his official residence.

During the meeting the two leaders highlighted the critical role Nigeria and Ghana play as the “centrepiece” of ECOWAS and the West African sub-region.

President Akufo-Addo thanked Acting President Osinbajo for receiving his delegation on a special day, when Nigeria was commemorating Eid El-Fitr. He said that his visit was part of an ongoing tour of the sub-region to “take stock of what’s going on, and to renew relations.”

Acting President Osinbajo on his part thanked the Ghanaian President for visiting Nigeria, adding, “We’re extremely excited about the ECOWAS sub-region and hope that we will be able to do a lot together.”

Discussions between the two leaders touched on the forthcoming African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, ongoing negotiations on the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), and the revitalization of the Ghana-Nigeria Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. Both leaders pledged to intensify bilateral cooperation for the benefit and development of the sub-region.

The Ghanaian President also extended his good wishes to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Members of the President Akufo-Addo’s delegation included Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and Minister of National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah; and officials of the Foreign Ministry.


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  • Anita Kingsley

    Mr Acting president is actually very funny! The sufferness low class Nigerians are experiencing are different from what you and your families are experiencing sir, it is wrong to assume poverty is the same everywhere

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      Hahahahahah… you don’t have time to explain anything to him. Presidential poverty is very chilling! Poverty that has everything human beings need to enjoy life to the fullest!


      What he is saying is different from what you are saying. He is only saying poverty measures is the same in all tribes and not that Aso rock is poverty stricken

  • Abeni Adebisi

    Poverty is the same everywhere but the level of poverty is different. Poverty seems to be high because the way we approach poverty in this country is terribly bad.

  • Balarabe musa

    Poverty rate in Ghana is higher than that of Nigeria but people don’t know this. I was in Ghana for two months and I pity their condition over there. That was when I finally agreed that, we are better off in Nigeria than other African countries

    • yanju omotodun

      So what is our business with you and your two months in Ghana, it’s your useless president buhari that kept us in the hostage of poverty.

      • Nonso Ezeugo

        True talk because buhari has really make us suffer a lot that is why he can never come out of his sickness