Buhari told us to focus on Northern Nigeria – World Bank

President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim on Thursday said the bank’s concentration on Northern Nigeria was as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s request.

Kim said this while speaking at a press conference in Washington DC, United States.

What he said:

  • In his first meeting with Buhari, the President told him to shift the bank’s focus to the northern region.
  • The work has been very difficult.
  • Nigeria needs to invest in human capital.

Kim said, “You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that.  Now, it has been very difficult. The work there has been very difficult.

“I think Nigeria, of course, has suffered from the dropping oil prices. I think things are just now getting better.  But the conversation we need to have with Nigeria, I think, is in many ways related to the theme that I brought to the table just this past week, which is investment in human capital.  The percentage of the Gross Domestic Product that Nigeria spends on healthcare is less than one percent.”

He added, “Despite that, there is so much turbulence in the northern part of the country, and there is the hit that was taken from the drop in the oil prices.  Nigeria has to think ahead and invest in its people. Investing in the things that will allow Nigeria to be a thriving, rapidly growing economy in the future is what the country has to focus on right now.”

Kim also said, “Focusing on the northern part of Nigeria, we hope that as commodity prices stabilise and oil prices come back up, the economy will grow a bit more. But very, very much important is the need to focus on what the drivers of growth in the future will be.”

Comments (9)

  1. funny how he has forgotten his pitiful state in daura before his election…..buhari is never a man of his words and promises….i regret

  2. Frank Igwe

    I guess this does not imply that he is only the President for the North and not Nigeria as a nation or entity. What happens to the other parts of the country that equally deserve attention?

  3. Those who didn’t give him their votes were wise

  4. Thumb up for those who knew this before time and so did not vote for him.
    That is to say, they were wise for they were not deceived.

  5. Ekokotu Isaiah

    And the imbecile came in with a slogan, “I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody”….he thinks he’s smart but he’s not. Either he gets voted out, which is the power of the people’s voters card or he “expires” (whatever that means to you). #idiat

  6. Is Other Region Not Part Of Nigeria? No Wonder There Is Agitation Everywhere To Break Nigeria.

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