Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has thrown his support behind President Muhammadu Buhari who recently said he would renege on his major campaign promise to pay poor, unemployed Nigerians ₦5,000 stipends per month.
Okorocha said that the benefits, which were initially touted as part of Buhari administration’s social welfare programs, will be spent on alcohol and women, recommending instead that the government should focus on empowering the people using other methods that will result in upward mobility.
Rochas stated this while addressing State House correspondents shortly after concluding a closed-door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
“Well, you see, to be honest to you, it is a great idea, but there are many ways to give that suppor but it would be better to empower people economically by given the people something tangible to do because most of them would spend it on drinking beers and marrying women,” he said. “But one way or the other, we’ll have to find something for the poor.”
Okorocha’s remark is coming a few days after a video in which Buhari said the ₦5,000 is not a priority of his administration surfaced in the media.
The ₦5,000 monthly stipends to millions of unemployed Nigerians was one of the cardinal campaign promises of the All Progressives Congress in 2015.
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