President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been cautioned not to rely on data given by the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) to gauge the severity of poverty in the nation by Chief Imam of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede.
Oloyede asked Tinubu to carry out his own investigation and gather reliable information and data in order to gauge the severity of the nation’s suffering and make the required corrections.
These revelations were made by the professor of Arabic and Islamic studies not long after he had led the institution’s Muslim community in the two mandatory Eld-Kabir prayers on Wednesday.
“The President should access people’s welfare in accordance with their purchasing power and not from what the Federal Bureau of Statistics gives, he should have his own eye to assess people’s capacity to eat,” Oloyede stated.
“When people cannot feed themselves, the government is failing; if they can feed themselves, the government is succeeding.”
Because of the bureaucracy, he shouldn’t rely on the FBS to provide him with information; instead, he should have his own information. He ought to possess independent information from the government.
He ought to have the knowledge necessary to gauge the mood of the populace. He should be equipped with the knowledge to independently determine whether the population can afford to feed and pay for their children’s schooling rather than relying just on official protocol. I want the President to know that.