President Asiwaju Bola has urged Nigerians to remain resolute in the face of his decision to remove fuel subsidy during his democracy speech. The president emphasized that this abrupt decision is aimed at saving Nigeria from impending crisis.
Acknowledging that subsidy removal will undoubtedly increase the hardships faced by Nigerians, President Tinubu assured the nation of his administration’s commitment to making substantial investments in critical sectors such as transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, and education. He drew inspiration from the philosophies of the late MKO Abiola, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing the welfare of the people over the personal interests of the ruling class.
During his address, President Tinubu stated, “In my inauguration address on May 29, I gave effect to the decision taken by my predecessor-in-office to remove the fuel subsidy albatross and free up for collective use the much-needed resources, which had hitherto been pocketed by a few rich.” He acknowledged the burden this decision places on the masses but reiterated the necessity of such measures to rescue the nation from its precarious situation.
While recognizing the sacrifices Nigerians are being asked to make, President Tinubu assured the citizens that their efforts would not be in vain. He pledged a significant increase in government investment in transportation infrastructure, education, reliable power supply, healthcare, and other essential public utilities, with the ultimate aim of improving the overall quality of life for all Nigerians.
President Tinubu emphasized the democratic ideals championed by MKO Abiola, stating, “The democracy MKO Abiola died for is one that promotes the welfare of the people over personal interests of the ruling class and one where the governed can find personal fulfillment and happiness. That is the hope MKO Abiola ignited throughout our country in 1993.”
President Tinubu called upon Nigerians to reaffirm their commitment to the strengthening of democratic governance, highlighting its vital role as a beacon of hope for the nation over the past 24 years. As the country faces difficult decisions and challenges, the president urged citizens to unite and work together towards a brighter future.