This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
MURIC LAUDS BUHARI’S N500BN SOCIAL WELFARE PACKAGE
9th December, 2015,
MURIC LAUDS BUHARI’S N500BN SOCIAL
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
submitted a three-year fiscal policy agenda termed Medium Term Expenditure
Framework (MTEF) to the Senate in which he proposed a budget of N6.04 trillion
for the 2016 fiscal year.
Buhari’s MTEF unveiled a N500
billion social welfare package targeting students, former youth corps members
and the vulnerable in society.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends this bold welfare programme. It is
unprecedented in the history of our country. This is a real dividend of
democracy for the man in the street. With this initiative, Nigeria is well on
the way to rubbing shoulders with the big democracies of the world.
We urge the National Assembly to
embrace the initiative without any hesitation and to give it a speedy approval.
We charge opposition
parties to avoid politicizing this package. Unlike the seasonal stomach infrastructure,
this programme is capable of encouraging small scale entrepreneurship thereby reducing
poverty among Nigerians. It is indeed a budget of hope.
We call on Nigerians to reciprocate
the good gesture of the Buhari administration by supporting the war against
corruption and all other projects of the Federal Government. In addition, we
charge the Nigerian Labour Congress, Nigerian students, the press and all other
progressive unions to rally behind Buhari’s people-friendly administration.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)