Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

BUHARI: CHANGE SOMETIMES COME WITH PAIN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday told Nigerians that change sometimes come with pain while restating his commitment to changing the “lives of Nigerians”.
Buhari in a series of tweets on Sunday evening through his official Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, urged Nigerians to be patient with him, as his change is “work in progress”.
“President Buhari remains committed to positively changing the life of Nigerians; making it better than he met it.
“Change is a process. It does not happen overnight. It can be inconvenient; it sometimes comes with pain. This Change is work-in-progress,” two tweets read.
On the controversial N5, 000 to the “poorest, most vulnerable” Nigerians, he tweeted: “one highlight of the change agenda as the N500bn social investment programme, which will pay N5,000 monthly to the poorest, most vulnerable Nigerians.
“The programme is designed to recognize the need for ordinary, poor Nigerians to also benefit from the resources of their country,” the tweets continued.
“Also as part of the Social Investment Prog,500,000 unemployed graduates will be directly employed as volunteer teachers to be paid by the FG.
“Also budgeted for is a micro-credit scheme that will benefit one million traders, artisans, etc, and will be managed by @BOINigeria.
“President Buhari has ordered the release of 10,000 tons of grain from the National Strategic Grains Reserve, to check food price increases
“PMB has also asked the Agric Minister to ensure that all able-bodied men & women in IDP camps are assisted to return to farming immediately.
“These are part of measures by the Federal Government to ease the hardship associated with food inflation across the country.”
Nigeria is battling more than months of relentless fuel shortages, sparking intense debates about how quickly Buhari’s federal government can deliver the change it promised.
The president’s tweets came on the heels of Vice president Yemo Osinbajo’s town hall meeting in Lagos on Saturday, where he voiced the administration’s worry over the excruciating difficulties Nigerians are facing.
“President Muhammadu Buhari and I are completely committed to providing competent leadership. We have no other agenda.
“We acknowledge there are pains but they are just birth pains. This is not the end. We are currently compiling the Social Register for the poor and as soon as the budget is passed, we will begin to pay 5000 Naira to the poor.
“Stealing and Corruption cuts across all ethnic groups in Nigeria. We must decide to become a new tribe of Nigerians. We must disallow division. We must also disallow the use of religion and ethnicity,” Osinbajo said.

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