President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is “suddenly a poor country” due to significant drop in crude oil prices in the international market since his assumption of office.
He said this, In a statement on Thursday in Abuja while receiving Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and under secretary-general of the United Nations. Buhari also said Nigerians are not feeling the extent of the “severe shortage” because of his administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
He recalled that, “Before his assumption into office, petroleum sold for about $100 per barrel. Then it crashed to $37, and now oscillates between $40 and $45 per barrel. Suddenly, we’re a poor country, but commitment to transparency and accountability is not making people know that there is severe shortage.”
Therefore. He asking UNFPA to bear with Nigeria in any area where the country is not living up to its responsibilities for now, stating that exploding population and different cultural practices in the country provide fertile ground for research to organizations like UNFPA.
The former minister of health in Nigeria, Osotimehin encouraged Nigeria to commit to providing resources for health care on a rollover basis,pledging that the UN would work with the country to provide humanitarian assistance not only in the north-east “but even extended to the Lake Chad basin.”
Buhari thanked the UN agency for its commitment to saving lives in Nigeria, particularly of women and children.