President Muhammadu Buhari has said he had expressed initial reluctance to implement vice president Yemi Osinbajo’s ‘trader Moni’ programme.
The statement by President Buhari is already heavily criticised on social media as ‘body shaming women’.
Buhari made the statement when he hosted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers, service chiefs, heads of security agencies and chief executives of federal government agencies and institutions to iftar (breaking of fast) at the presidential villa on Monday.
He said: “This ‘market money’ I warned the Vice-President I don’t like him to be mobbed, especially the way I see hefty women coming and confronting him, he should be very careful,” he said.
“These are very good initiatives. Initially, I was quite reluctant but I must admit that they are very good programmes and they endear this government to a lot of poor people because of these N5,000 or N10,000 being given to them as loans.
“They are fantastic programmes and I have to admit quite honestly that the Vice-President was ahead of me by insisting on them.
“But he knows me if he insists I will say okay go and do what you like.’ He did it and I’m very pleased as he is being very successful.”