President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would not pay the N5000 stipend he promised during his presidential campaign, to unemployed youth in the country.
The president was quoted to have made the remark during the weekend while on his visit to Saudi Arabia. He however said he has a different priority and approach to rewarding unemployed Nigerians other than to pay N5000 without work. The president added that he would instead channel resources toward infrastructural development, education, etc.
“This largesse N5000 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 5000, N5000 to those who don’t work,” Buhari said.
The remark by the president may come as a surprise to some as the promise of pay to unemployed youths was however one of the campaign promises of President Buhari, supported by his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The president has also called for better conditions for Nigerians undertaking the pilgrimage to the holy land of Saudi Arabia and has consequently directed directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) to sit down with the Saudis to negotiate improved terms and conditions for our pilgrims performing the Umrah and the annual Hajj.