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Buhari, Doyin blame poverty on Nigeria’s population



Buhari, Doyin blame poverty on Nigeria's population

Former President, Muhammadu Buhari has called for reduced birth rate by families as means of addressing the poverty rate in the country.


Buhari said amid hunger, the citizens must embrace farming and grow their own food. The former president added that Nigerians must buy what they eat.


In his Sallah message, Buhari said, “I use this occasion to make an appeal to all citizens to make Nigeria self-reliant. Let us grow our own food. We have shown that we can do it. This is not the time to relent when we see prices going up.


“Let us buy what is produced in the country.”


Contrary to President Tinubu’s aide’s ( Bayo Onanuga) statement that Buhari left a dead economy for Tinubu which was responsible for high inflation and economic crisis, the APC party first president said his administration and previous administrations laid a solid foundation for a prosperous and stable country.


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Buhari called on Nigerian youths to rely on the stable foundation laid by his administration to play active role in nation building.


“The foundation of a prosperous and stable country has been laid by successive governments, and I encourage our youth, in particular, to continue to play an active role in various nation-building efforts.


“I urge the youth of the country to seek to know about the founding fathers of the nation, the important personalities of their regions, and derive inspiration from them,” Buhari added.


Speaking on the massive crowd that greeted his residency during the Sallah celebration, Buhari said there is need for continuous discussion on population control. Describing the population of the country as “problem”, the former president called for awareness. He called for more investment in education and health care.


“There is a need for greater discussion and awareness about this problem, as well as a need to invest more in education and health,” he added.


Reacting to Buhari’s call for population control, former Special Adviser on Media to Obasanjo, Doyin Okupe, said the call by birth control was “apt”. The former director general of Peter Obi’s campaign organization said in the face of severe economic decline birth rate should be reduced.


Okupe added that ravaging poverty and acute shortage of food were enough for families and the nation to put population growth in check. The former aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan said while the United Kingdom had the same birth rate with Nigeria in 1970, Nigeria has outgrown the birthrate of UK in 2022 by 300%.


“Buhari’s caution on uncontrolled population growth is very apt, in the face of severe economic decline, ravaging poverty and acute food shortage. In 1970 UK people were 55.9m while Nigeria was 55.6m. But by 2022 UK rose to 67m ( approx 20%)and Nigeria grew to about 220m ( approx 300%!!!),” Okupe said.