Buhari’s govt feeding programme tragic, says Bode George

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bode George, Sunday, flayed the Buhari administration over its feeding programme saying it is not only laughable but also tragic.

Last week, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, announced that a total of 3,131,971 households are targeted for the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP)

In a statement issued yesterday, George condemned the handling of the policy.

“Pumping money into school feeding programme while the schools are not open is a little absurd. It is a redundant, unworkable palliative.

“In a nation where there is no standard numbering of houses, how do you get the food to the beneficiaries? This is more than laughable. It is tragic”, George lamented.

He called for the provision of stimulus packages and palliatives to help Nigerians manage the economic impact of coronavirus.

He said that using the pandemic to play politics or stoke sectarian animosity would not do the nation any good insisting that the nation must unite to effectively battle the pandemic.

The statement reads in part: “We must never reduce this obvious national challenge to partisan feud. This is beyond section triumphalism or sectarian animosity. Let us act by coming together, by discarding old divisions, and embracing a new nationalistic front.

“Let our leaders rise in the true spirit of national vision and mobilise our people towards rescue and redemption. This is indeed how nations are built and strengthened in the times of great challenges.”

“In all fields, there is a Nigerian with sterling talent that can rival anyone: Virologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, morbidity experts, homeostatic scholars and others. Why are we not using them to mitigate, combat and destroy the COVID-19 malady?” he queried.

He stated that only a coordinated strategic plan and framework of action could tame the pandemic.

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