Nigerians rebuke the Federal Government sharply for what they describe as insensitive insult when the government hand over 6,000 bags of 50kg rice and two trucks of vegetable oil to the Lagos State government and re-introduced the TraderMoni intervention to cater for the vulnerable who are hard hit by the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq who delivered the rice and oil said they are handing over part of the items to Lagos for distribution to the poor and the vulnerable in the society.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu thanked President the for the support – the state had started identifying people that would need the intervention from their database.
However, Many Nigerians claim, at least, half of the 20,000 million people are poor and vulnerable – 6,000 bags of 50kg rice is a #coronacraze comedy from the government.
Reacting from South Africa, Kunle Abioye, a Nigerian student says: “How do you give 6,000 bags 50KG to over 10,000 poor and vulnerable people in Lagos. How should they share that? This wicked politicians give more than that when they want to campaign for election. But the people really need it, they can’t give. Worst still, it’s from the goods seize by the government”
Abioye (26) further argues that this is the first time is his life time as a young Nigerian when the people really need government support and the government has failed them.
He continued: “We don’t good roads, no water, no electricity, no social security…we have always been living with that. But in a situation like this, it’s an opportunity for the government to show that not all parts of their conscience are dead.”
Other than Abioye’s grievances over 6,000 bags of rice to the poor, many Nigerians rebuke the rich philanthropists who gave money to the Federal Government to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the people.
Popular opinion is that these kind gestures should be shown directly to the people by giving them the money directly.
The social media is full of complaints and curses from Nigerians to the government. One of the most popular is the one of a Muslim cleric in (probably in Ilorin) who showed a small plastic of rice the government gave to a household of 5 people.
Truthfully, the rice in the plastic is not enough for one person to eat in one day. The cleric thank them that: “They will reap the fruits of the kindness (WICKEDNESS) they have sown to the people.”
Generally, many Nigerians are not happy with the response of the government. They believe the government can do much more that it has done.