He spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director and Under Secretary General, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin.
Buhari, however, said despite severe shortage of resources, commitment to transparency and accountability was serving his government in good stead.
“It has been a very difficult year for Nigeria. Before we came to office, petroleum sold for about $100 per barrel. Then it crashed to $37, and now oscillates between $40 and $45 per barrel. Suddenly, we’re a poor country, but commitment to transparency and accountability is not making people know that there is severe shortage,” he said.
Buhari appealed to UNFPA to bear with Nigeria in whichever area the country could not live up to its responsibilities for now.
He noted that an exploding population and different cultural practices in the country provided a fertile ground for research by organisations like the UNFPA.
The president described reports from the North-east of the country as encouraging as people were returning to their farmlands with a guarantee of relative security. He thanked UNFPA for its commitment to saving lives in Nigeria.