The presidential candidate of Labour, Peter Obi, on Wednesday, claimed that the multidimensional poverty index released by the National Bureau of Statistics was an indicator that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was a failure.
Making this disclosure in a series of tweets, the presidential hopeful who echoed the findings of the index report said that the index is the best mirror of the failure of governance in the country.
“The rural part of Nigeria is trapped in abject poverty; we are leaving our children, miserable and uneducated. 27 percent of school-age children are out of school and poor, 29 percent of all school-aged children are not attending school,and 94 percent out of school children are very poor. The multidimensional Poverty Index is the best mirror of failure of governance in the country, In spite of earning trillions in oil revenue, in spite of borrowing trillion naira for infrastructure development,” Obi said.
“Almost half of Nigerians are poor and close to two-third of Nigerians do not have access to basic sanitation, access to basic education, lack basic nutrition and do not visit hospitals,” he added.
The former Anambra governor lamented that released statistics “is terrible disgrace and disservice to a country with our tremendous natural and human resource. The political economy of this report should be made clear to every Nigerian voter because what it simply means is that government is not working.”