President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the last year was really difficult for Nigeria and consequently the country became very poor. The president revealed this while receiving the United Nations Population Fund’s Executive Director and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, at the presidential villa, Abuja on August 11, Thursday. Meanwhile, he stated the prudent manner his government had been handling the nation’s resources had made it impossible for people to know that there is severe shortage in the country. He said: “It has been a very difficult year for Nigeria. Before we came to 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.” President Buhari further asked UNFPA to stand with Nigeria in whichever area the country could not live up to its responsibilities for now.
He stated exploding population and various cultural practices in the country provide fertile ground for research to organisations like UNFPA. The country’s president appreciated the UN agency for its commitment to saving lives in Nigeria, particularly of women and children.