Stay-At-Home Order: Over 80 Million Nigerians Declared Extremely Poor, In Need Of Food And Cash, As President Buhari Faces Court Action

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has disclosed plans to drag President Muhammadu Buhari to court.

The group made the declaration on Monday night, via its Twitter account.

This followed President Buhari’s announcement that an additional 1 million families will get palliative measures during the lockdown.

Buhari said: “In the past two weeks, we announced palliative measures, such as food distribution, cash transfers, and loans repayment waivers, to ease the pains of our restrictive policies during this difficult times. These palliatives will be sustained.

“I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households, to 3.6 million households, in the next two weeks.”

However, SERAP noted that the figure is a far cry from the number of Nigerians in dire need of cash and food items.

“President Buhari’s plan to expand the social register from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million, will not cut it. It fails to cover 80 million poor Nigerians, facing growing hunger and deprivation, due to Covid-19.

“We are suing, to compel the authorities to extend benefits to deserving Nigerians”, SERAP tweeted.

However, the President has signed the Quarantine Order. It gives a legal backing to the lockdown extension.

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