President Muhammadu Buhari

By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, has defended President Muhammadu Buhari over the cancellation of the N5,000 stipend to unemployed graduates.

Faparusi said  the clarification given by the Presidency that the social security scheme would only be limited to one million poorest Nigerians  remains the best for the country.

The former federal lawmaker added that the security scheme cannot be implemented for productive youths, saying  it is capable of breeding laziness in the system that could spell doom for the future of the nation.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Faparusi said the criticisms coming from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had further confirmed its penchant for laziness and engagement of youths in political thuggery.

Faparusi stated that it was a well thought-out plan by President Buhari to have excluded the youth from the scheme, in view of the APC’s resolve to stamp out indolence and ignite attitudinal change among Nigerian masses.

The former parliamentarian said it was rather shameful for the PDP that ruled Nigeria for 16 unbroken years without initiating projects that could palliate the sufferings of Nigerian masses  to start castigating President Buhari over the scheme that was well encapsulated in the APC’s manifesto to be exclusively preserved for poor masses .

Faparusi maintained that the Federal government is in dire need of the expertise of the Nigerian youths to drive its diversification programme in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals and tourism in view of the  dwindling oil price in the international market, causing serious economic downturn in the system .

“It baffles me that the PDP through its megaphone, Governor Ayodele Fayose, could shamefully come out and criticized President Buhari for clarifying the position of our great party that productive graduates won’t benefit from  the scheme.

“I expect a rational being to have praised the President for this attempt to productively engage our youths in  commercial agriculture rather than being given peanuts in the name of good governance by channeling the funds for the expansion of commercial agriculture, solid minerals  and tourism development .

“Aside, ex-governors Kayode Fayemi of the APC and Peter Obi of APGA, no PDP Governor had ever thought of initiating security scheme to serve as buffer for the poor masses. How on earth can a party which failed to apply commonsense for 16 years be adjudging an administration that has not spent a year of fraud!

“Governor Fayemi’s security scheme was for the extremely poor elderly above age 65 and it was adjudged the best programme by many international organizations as a scheme that had helped in stemming the tide of poverty in Nigeria.

“President Buhari has neither defrauded nor deceive Nigerian youths with this new development but has further helped them to be able to tap their potentials through critical thinking than to be depending on peanuts under an economy that is seriously challenged”, he said.