Jose Mujica: President wey poor pass for world. Lives on farm

 

The President of Uruguay dey live on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

 

This guy no be like other politicians’ lifestyles wey dey far removed from those wey dem dey serve. No be so in Uruguay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For em farm, Laundry dey outside the house. Na from inside well dem dey get water and the compound dey overgrown with weeds. Na only two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, dey keep watch outside.

 

President Mujica shunned the luxurious house wey the Uruguayan state provide for dem leaders. Na inside em wife farmhouse, off a dirty road outside the capital, Montevideo em dey stay.

 

 

 

The president and em wife dey work the land themselves, growing flowers.

This austere lifestyle – and the fact say Mujica donates about 90% of em monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – don lead am to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Make you visit BBC for details but the following na em words:

“I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more”

“This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself”

“I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”

“We’ve been talking all afternoon about sustainable development. To get the masses out of poverty.

“But what are we thinking? Do we want the model of development and consumption of the rich countries? I ask you now: what would happen to this planet if Indians would have the same proportion of cars per household than Germans? How much oxygen would we have left?

“Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.”

This poor president dey support a debate on the legalisation of the consumption of cannabis, in a bill wey go also give the state the monopoly over its trade.

“Consumption of cannabis is not the most worrying thing, drug-dealing is the real problem,” he yarn.

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