In commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has reiterated his desire to pull people out of poverty as a top priority in his plans for a New Nigeria.
Obi says his position derives from the empirical facts that no nation, Nigeria inclusive can develop with more than half of its population living in poverty.
Obi was in Kano State to condole with the family of Late Senator Bello Yusuf Maitama, a respected elder statesman who served Nigeria as Minister of Internal Affairs when he interracted with newsmen.
Mr Yusuf died in the early hours of Friday in Kano at the age of 76.
Mr Yusuf, who was born in Gwaram, Jigawa State, in April 1947, served as minister in different ministries including the Ministry of Commerce.
He became one of the youngest members of the federal executive council in the Second Republic when he was appointed by then President Shehu Shagari as Minister of Interior in October 1979 at the age of 32.
He was later moved to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Youth, Sports and Culture in September 1981, and then to the Ministry of Commerce in February 1982.
He was elected to the Nigerian Senate two times between 1999 and 2007.