Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari's focus has always been on the common man.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Osinbajo, the Vice President stated this on Tuesday during a town hall meeting held in Bariga/Somolu Local Council Development Area, Lagos State, as part of activities for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
He cited the N-Power programme, which he said was aimed at tackling youth unemployment, as well as other activities focused on improving businesses for traders and artisans, as some of the reasons behind his claim.
He said: “I want to emphasise that everything we are doing, our focus, first of all, is to ensure that people are taken out of poverty.
“Our country is very big; over 200 million people. Many young people [are] coming out every day. Aside from that, we also want to ensure that anybody who is doing anything at all, [traders], artisans, mechanics, we are able to support them.
“The reason is that when you look at the way government operates in the past, when you look at the government budget, it focuses on the middle-class — those who have industries and manufacturing plants, and those kinds of people.
“But the majority are at a very low level, doing little things. Those are the people that we must first of all (focus on), so that the poorest are able to do better. If the poorest do better, it would be better for all of us.
“The President’s focus has always been on the common man. So, when we came, we decided on a few things to tackle youth unemployment. First, the N-Power programme to engage as many young people who are graduates as possible.
“We started with 200,000, and just this month, we have employed another 300,000. So, in our N-Power programme, we have 500,000 young graduates who are employed in the programme. Now, every local government in Nigeria has N-Power graduates.