President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday
in Abuja hosted less-privileged members
of the society to the breaking of Ramadan
fast with a pledge that his administration
would adequately address their
The president, who personally served food
to his guests, stated that his
administration was conscious of their
needs and desire but that the government
met very poor conditions on ground.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that the guests included some
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Taxi
drivers, hair dressers, motorcycle riders,
barbers, transport workers, butchers,
tailors, and junior staff of the campaign
office of the All Progressives Congress
President Buhari noted that the drastic fall
in the prices of oil in the international
market, from 100 dollars to 30 dollars per
barrel had adversely affected the
The president pledged that the APC-led
Federal Government would improve the
nation’s medical services and other social
amenities to uplift the quality of life of the
less privileged members of the society
across the country.
“Please, I want you to bear in mind as
from today that we care about you, on
daily basis. We will try and improve the
medical care and other services so that
you spend less time looking for treatment
or looking for sympathy,’’ he added.
On the ongoing fight against corrupt
practices in the country, the president
warned that those planning to deter his
administration from fighting corruption in
the country would face the consequences.
He said: “Whoever deters us from fighting
corruption will suffer the consequences.”
The President said that it was unfortunate
that some members of the elite were self-
centred and only cared for themselves.
He lamented that very little was on
ground to show for the huge income the
nation generated from sales of oil in the
16 years of Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) rule.
President Buhari frowned at the inability
of the past administrations to address the
problems of epileptic power supply,
railway and portable drinking water for
the populace among other problems.
In a vote of thanks, a physically
challenged, Musbahu Lawal Didi,
commended the President for having the
interest of disabled persons at heart.
He also urged the President to set up a
Commission for the disabled so that their
interest could be further taken care of.
Present at the dinner included the Vice-
President, Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Yakubu
Dogara, and the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF),
Babachir David Lawal.
The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate
represented Senate President Bukola