There are series of reactions from Nigerians on what many described as an embarrassment on the citizens of this country, following the alleged solicitation for fund by President Muhammadu Buhari from the Queen of Netherlands.
The President who is among the World leaders that are participating in bilateral meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly taking place in New York, USA, made this plea to Queen Maxima Zorreguieta.
In a statement by the president’ s media aide Femi Adesina, he revealed that Mr Buhari, during the closed- door meeting, stressed the importance of infrastructural development for the advancement of the country.
” We have the land. We have the people. Capital input is what we need, ” said President Muhammadu Buhari as he begged the Queen for funds to develop Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari
Remember that the president is found of borrowing from foreign countries for most of capital projects with Nigeria’ s debt rising on yearly basis, and this has been a serious concern for many citizens.
The president told the Netherlands queen that he has done a tremendous jobs in the agricultural development in Nigeria. Provision of fertilizers, resuscitation of dams, and closing of borders with the neighbouring countries to enable local productions.
Queen Maxima Zorreguieta
Mr Buhari added that we can do more with more funds because without infrastructure, development would be limited, that is why his government put emphasis on building roads, rail, and power.
While reacting, Queen Zorreguieta lauded what she called ” the huge effort” made by Nigeria to combat the COVID- 19 pandemic, saying, ” the country spent a great part of her GDP. ”
The queen said agriculture was music to her ears, being the daughter of a former agriculture minister. She pointed out that her biggest plea would be for Nigeria to make infrastructure available so that investors and aid donors could access areas beyond the major cities.
However, some Nigerians who are not happy with the action of President Muhammadu Buhari has been reacting on social media, many who were replying to the news as shared by Peoples Gazette on Twitter, they term it as an embarrassment because Nigeria has all it takes to build up the country without turning to beggars.
Others opine that the money would still be laundered as corruption has eaten deep under the administration.
See their responses:
@Stephanieogbu1 says: This is becoming embarrassing. The resources we have are squandered and they keep begging and embarrassing Nigeria.
@LovetteIgho says: They are using cannabis and tourism to generate revenue, while your country is using religion to destroy revenue, its high time Nigerian govt. Starts begging their ” gods” that is making them to destroy the economy and peace, to give them money.
@ChuksArmstrong says: This borrow borrow, banbialah life style must stop! This man must stop robbing shame on all of us.
@nuges_1 says: He should know that the Dutch government prioritise and invest in their human resources, prevent their cattle from destroying properties and food crops by keeping them in ranches. They don’ t abet the brutalities of marauding herdsmen like he does.
@DanielRegha added: Buhari’ s government have done absolutely nothing but shamelessly beg for funds; The money EFCC claims to have recovered and the ones lent to Nigeria over the years what was it used for, what happened to Nigeria’ s revenues? FG is borrowing money at the expense of Nigerians, so they can loot.
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