After much criticisms that followed his continual breaking of fast with elite groups, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally hosted those considered the lowly and less privileged of the society.
The president on Monday broke the Ramadan fast with some internally displaced persons (IDPs), artisans, physically challenged, and others, in a dinner at the State House.
The event saw the president serving meals himself to his guests during the dinner, including okada riders, mechanics, keke NAPEP drivers, and more.
This move could be seen as the president bowing to criticism from people, especially Aisha Yesufu of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) campaign. In several tweets recently, Yesufu had poured several complaints about Buhari neglecting the poor and less privileged who were part of those that help him become the president, while he dined and wined with only the high class members of the society.
Addressing his guests, Buhari said: “I assure you that the leadership of this country is conscious of you. I’m being told that more has to be done.”
“Be mindful that we care about you on daily basis, we will try to improve health services so you will spend less time looking for medical care.
“Tell your family that this government is concern about your welfare and will work very hard to improve it,” he said.