President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called upon Nigerians to remain resolute, explaining that his decision to remove subsidies, although sudden, is aimed at preventing Nigeria from collapsing. In a nationwide address delivered in Abuja on the occasion of the 2023 Democracy Day, President Tinubu acknowledged that the subsidy removal would increase the hardships faced by Nigerians. However, he assured the populace that there would be substantial investments in critical areas such as transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, and education.
Furthermore, President Tinubu expressed his commitment to governing based on the principles advocated by MKO Abiola, which prioritize the welfare of the people over the personal interests of the ruling class. He emphasized the importance of creating an environment where the governed can experience personal fulfillment and happiness. The President acknowledged that the decision to remove fuel subsidies places an additional burden on the citizens but stressed that it is necessary to rescue the country and redirect resources away from the control of a few individuals.
President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view this sacrifice as crucial for the survival of the nation, assuring them that their efforts would not be in vain. He promised that his administration would reciprocate their trust by making substantial investments in transportation infrastructure, education, reliable power supply, healthcare, and other public amenities, ultimately enhancing their quality of life.
The President also highlighted the significance of the democracy that MKO Abiola symbolized and encouraged Nigerians to recommit themselves to strengthening this form of government. He called on elected officials across all levels to provide selfless service and deliver tangible democratic dividends in line with their electoral promises. President Tinubu reiterated his administration’s dedication to fulfilling every aspect of the electoral pact with the people, as outlined in the “Renewed Hope” agenda.