President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 10, addressed the Nigerian elite urging its representatives to help the country deal with its challenges.
NAN reports that the president made a call when he spoke at the meeting with the outgoing head of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, who visited him at the presidential villa.
Buhari was quoted as saying:
“With the shock of falling oil prices, lack of revenues and insecurity, the Nigerian elite must now wake up and provide the right guidance in their communities, and also lead the economy on the right path more than they used to do.”
The country leader also stressed the importance of the AfDB support in various sectors to ensure jobs provision for the unemployed Nigerians.
“An impression has been erroneously created that we are a rich country but looking at the economic profile of the country today, you will see that that is not necessarily the case.
“Our social services have to be seriously rehabilitated. We need urgent attention on areas like education and health services, not only in the north eastern part of the country, but all round the country.
“We will fall back on institutions like the AfDB for support in generating employment. We have vast potentials in the agricultural sector that can be explored to create more jobs. We also have small businesses that need funds for expansion.”