The belief by some Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari would wave a magic wand to mollify and make all their problems disappear in his first term, was shattered when the World Poverty Clock, created by Vienna-based World Data Lab, stated that about 91.16 million Nigerians were living below a dollar a day in February 13, 2019.
This was in consonance with the hypothetical conclusion of the former British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said that Nigeria had become home to the largest number of very poor people in the world, putting the figures at 87 million.
Her words, “Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live below $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world,” the UK prime minister had said.”
In June 2018, the Brookings Institution projected that Nigeria had overtaken India, as the poverty capital of the world, with 86.9 million extremely poor people.
In view of these unchallengeable statistics, some Nigerians have gone to both traditional and social media to submit their consternation, noting that Buhari should do something to change the living condition of an average Nigerian.
Captured by their statements, the social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie, Saturday reeled out reasons why Buhari could not placate poverty in his first term.
She said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presided over poverty in Nigeria. While Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, of same party inherited Poverty in Nigeria from Ex Pres. Obasanjo, before, President Buhari inherited at least, 14 years of poverty in Nigeria.
However she noted through her tweeter handle that “No one can wipe Poverty that was entrenched and nurtured for 14yrs in 4 years”.