In a shocking development, President Muhammadu Buhari has made a major U-turn from one of his campaign promises before the 2015 presidential election, as he has said that he would not pay the N5000 stipend he promised to unemployed youth in the country.
The president retracted his campaign promise in Saudi Arabia as he continued his visit to the Middle East over the weekend.
He said he would rather channel resources into the building of infrastructure, education, agriculture and mining to create employment opportunities for able bodied young men.
He said: “This largesse N5,000 for the unemployed, I have got a slightly different priority. I would rather do the infrastructure, the school and correct them and empower agriculture, mining so that every able bodied person can go and get work instead of giving N5,000 to those who don’t work.”
The pledge to pay N5,000 monthly stipend to the most vulnerable in the society, which was a major plank of the presidential campaign of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, has been greeted with a furious reaction by the president’s teeming supporters.