President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo over the Tradermoni initiative.
In a light hearted mood, the President said he does not want the Osinbajo to be mobbed by the hefty market women who usually come to welcome him.
He said that the Vice President has successfully driven the social investment programmes .
President Buhari stated this on Monday while hosting top Government officials at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Mr. Buhari also lamented over the poor state of the country and he blamed the Nigerian elites for not having the plight of the masses at heart.
He said; “When I drive around the country, what upsets me the most is the state of poor people in this country. You see young people, the almajiris with torn clothes and plastic bowls. They are looking basically for what to eat.”
“The question of education is a luxury. I think that the Nigerian elite are failing because I think we should have a programme that will at least guarantee some basic education for people no matter how poor they are.”
“So, I welcome the Vice President’s initiative on feeding in schools. If you check in some of the communities the attendance in schools has improved because a lot children can get at least one good meal a day. But culturally, some elites are merciless; they don’t care about other people.”
“This MarketMoni, I have warned the Vice President that I don’t want him to be mobbed. The way women in the markets move to welcome him.”
“These are very good initiatives, I must admit that they endeared many people to our government. The free meals, the N5,000, (Conditional Cash Transfer), N10,000, (TraderMoni) are fantastic programmes and I must admit that the Vice President did it and they have been very successful.”