With many Nigerians living below the world poverty line, it is understandable why a simple statement by President Muhammadu Buhari advising Nigerians to live within their means could stir serious agitations.
Recently, the president in one of his addresses said “everyone desires to live a conformable life, but nothing is more comfortable than living within your means.”
This statement, though only a statement and not a policy, has stirred a hot debate among Nigerians on Twitter, as supporters and critics try to explain why the statement is good or totally unacceptable.
Those who are for ‘live within your means’
Looks as if we are in a comprehension crisis as to what “live within your means” means. It does not mean an embrace of poverty. It just says don’t spend more than your present income. Even a billionaire like Warren Buffet lives within his means.https://t.co/VUMWcedZAY pic.twitter.com/lsLCTvhO1t
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) March 7, 2019
Guys, DO NOT live within your means.
You see that house you can't afford? Take a loan and buy it.
That expensive car above your earnings? Fuck it, buy it.
Spend N20m you don't have on a wedding.
Borrow and fly first class.
It's poverty mentality to live within your means.
— Emecheta's Buchi (@buchionyegbule) March 7, 2019
If MMM comes back to Nigeria today they will still clean out because a large enough number of people can't resist money they didn't earn.
They're the ones who are triggered by the saying, 'live within your means.'
— David Atta (@the_davidatta) March 8, 2019
Those against it
So, we've been asked to live within our means! Reality: Most Nigerians are forced to live BENEATH their means – their means have been eaten by others! Point: Some messages aren't sweet coming from certain mouths. If you're denying others their livelihood, please, don't preach!
— Remi Sonaiya (@oluremisonaiya) March 8, 2019
The fundamental problem with the “live-within-your-means” narrative is that it runs counter to the operating principles of the free market economy to which we aspire.
“Greed is good” because it is precisely the engine that propels economic growth and development.
— Dr Aloy Chife (@ChifeDr) March 8, 2019
This live within your means rhetoric is misguided and condescending. When exactly were Nigerians living opulent, extravagant lives that they suddenly need to tone down?
— Haajara (@haajara) March 7, 2019
Take risks, and dare for more. Never live within any means that can be redeemed by a fair policy. There are people elected to provide you with opportunities to expand your means, and unless they stop jumping from Benz to BMW, first class to first class, demand better governance.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) March 7, 2019
Live within your means
Live within your means
But Yusuf Buhari crashed a power bike worth 55mil
If your leaders are deceiving you, don't deceive yourself
— Abdul Basit (@AA_Basitt) March 7, 2019
Look at the Northerners leading the charge of "embrace poverty, live within your means".
Well educated, well to do and part of the Northern elite.
You think it is by mistake?
They know an educated & prosperous Northern Nigeria will mean the end of their (feudal) power.
— afrispheric (@afrispheric) March 7, 2019
Them: Live within your means!
Still them: pic.twitter.com/rqylSzJCax
— Uchenna (@Demoore90210) March 7, 2019
Live within your means, but your state is waiting for oil and tax money at the end of the month. Money it did not generate.
— Cruce † (@ememesi) March 8, 2019
In order to live within your means you have to first get the means
— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) March 8, 2019