July 13, (THEWILL) – President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday, said he is aware that Nigerians are suffering the effect of fuel subsidy removal, but assured that the savings will benefit all Nigerians.
President Tinubu had, during his inaugural speech on May 29, announced the removal of fuel subsidy.
While prices of foods and other commodities have since increased since the removal of subsidy, proponents of subsidy removal said the action would free funds for other critical interventions in education, health, agriculture, roads and transport, among others.
Speaking on Wednesday, in a meeting with the 1999 set of Governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Tinubu appealed to Nigerians to see the current harsh times as a form of labour before child birth.
He appealed to citizens for patience and trust on the delivery of palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of the removal of fuel subsidy.
The President also reaffirmed his commitment to returning Nigeria to the path of greatness and appealed for support.
“On the subsidy removal, thank you for the support. And I understand people are suffering. Yet, there can be no childbirth without pain.
“The joy of childbirth is the big relief of the pain. Nigeria is reborn. It is a rebirth of our country. We will face our problem, but will bring the savings to benefit the largest number of people in the country and not a few smugglers and exploiters. Thank you for your support”, he said.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the group of 1999 Governors, former Edo State Governor, Lucky Igbenidion, expressed the group’s support for President Bola Tinubu.
“We came to congratulate Mr President and also to thank him for making one of us the secretary to the government.
“We came to assure him that he has our full support and prayers for the bold steps he has started to take, for his initiatives and also let him know that this is beyond party politics, we’re now talking about the project Nigeria.
“Therefore, all hands must be on deck to give Mr President the needed support and encouragement to foster a better nation.
“On his part, Mr President assured us that it is his dream to see a better Nigeria and he also wants us to let you know that the decisions that he has taken so far might be painful.
“Therefore, Nigerians should wait patiently and believe in him, that he’s going to come up with palliatives that will put smiles on the faces of every one of us in Nigeria”, he said.
The former Governors are the first set of elected Governors of the current democratic dispensation, also known as the Fourth Republic.