Fuel subsidy: I feel your pain, your sacrifice’ll not be in vain – Tinubu tells Nigerians .

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The President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday said he felt the pain of Nigerians due to the fuel subsidy removal and promised that he would ensure that their sacrifice would not be in vain

Tinubu, who said this at his address in commemoration of 2023 Democracy Day, also hailed the 1993 June 12 general election winner, Chief MKO Abiola.

He described the late businessman who died in suspicious circumstances in detention after his election was annulled as the symbol of democracy.

President Tinubu, who acknowledged the hardship being faced by Nigerians in the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal, said his administration will “reward” their sacrifices with “massive investment” in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare, and other public utilities that will improve their quality of life.

The President, who said he identified with the pain of Nigerians, argued that the temporal discomfort was necessary to save the country from going under.

 “I feel your pain. This is one decision we must bear to save our country from going under and take our resources away from the stranglehold of a few unpatriotic elements,” Tinubu said in his maiden Democracy Day address to Nigerians as President.

In his inaugural speech on May 29, the President stated that subsidy could no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources. Therefore, “fuel subsidy is gone”..

The aftermath of Tinubu’s announcement was the increase in petrol pump price from N195 to N537 nationwide.

Addressing the aftermath of the move, he said, “It is for this reason that, 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.

“I admit that the decision will impose an extra burden on the masses of our people. Painfully, I have asked you, my compatriots, to sacrifice a little more for the survival of our country.

“For your trust and belief in us, I assure you that your sacrifice shall not be in vain. The government I lead will repay you through massive investment in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare, and other public utilities that will improve the quality of lives.”

Speaking of the rule of law, the President said his administration will not condone conflicting and illegal orders that undermine Nigeria’s democracy.

He also described the bill he signed into law on June 8 for the harmonisation of the retirement age for judicial officers as one of many policy reforms to come.

“For Chief MKO Abiola, the symbol of this day, in whose memory June 12 became a national holiday, democracy is eternal.

“It is about the rule of law and vibrant judiciary that can be trusted to deliver justice and strengthen institutions. It has become imperative to state here that the unnecessary illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy will no longer be tolerated.

On the recent Judges retirement age

“The recent harmonisation of the retirement age for judicial officers is meant to strengthen the rule of law, which is a critical pillar of democracy. The reform has just started,” he said.

President Tinubu described the February and March elections as a true testament of Nigeria’s democratic journey, adding that the current legal contestations of the results are the “beauty of democracy”.

Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola GCFR, also known as M. K. O. Abiola was a Nigerian businessman, publisher, and politician in the Yorubaland. He was the supreme military commander of the OYO Empire and an aristocrat of the Egba clan. He was Born: 24 August 1937 at Abeokuta, Ogun State and died under controversial circumstances on 7 July 1998 in an Abuja detention. He is a father of Kola Abiola, Hafsat Abiola, Abdul Mumuni Abiola, Dupsy Abiola and more while his spouse is Kudirat Abiola who was born in 1973 and died in 1996. Abiola won the people’s heart politically and ran for election on the platform of  Social Democratic Party of Nigeria. Abiola is widely known as the President that never rule.

 

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