Subsidies: Tinubu is God’s gift to Nigeria – Don

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been described as “God’s gift to Nigeria and Nigerians,” brought to remedy the wounds and fractures which had traversed the country for many decades.

A university teacher, Sulaiman Salawudeen, stated this Friday while speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.

He allayed the citizens’ fears that the country had fallen into another “bad and insensitive hands with the advent of Tinubu, given the manner of the removal of petroleum subsidies.”

The don urged Nigerians to exercise patience with the new administration “as it has begun to roll out programmes and palliatives for the benefit of citizens and residents.”

According to Salawudeen, the immediate rise in prices which happened upon the removal of petroleum subsidies by President Tinubu would soon yield stability in the price and availability of the product.

“The removal of subsidies is a clear pointer that President Bola Tinubu is fully in charge of governance and would not dance to anyone’s tune in policy formulation, design or implementation. No government in the past has been able to do it because of their fear of the so-called oil cabal. The president removed it because with him, no cabal is stronger than the collective good of entire Nigerians.

“By that same token, Tinubu has proven he would not consider any cabal or pander to whatever sectional interest in his governance of the country. As a former governor of the most economically successful state in Nigeria, he is aware of the basic direction towards which the country should be driven and how to bring genuine and lasting prosperity,” he said.

He said further that President Tinubu had many other revolutionary programmes and palliatives in place for the diverse segments and sections of Nigerians, noting the president “recently signed the Student Loan Bill into law, which means Nigerian students can access interest-free loans to pursue their education at any level.”

“The speed with which this piece of legislation came to existence itself is surprising; it just passed the second reading at the House of Representatives on May 25, 2023. This is just about two weeks ago or thereabouts.”

On other steps to be taken by the federal government to lessen the hardships on the citizenry, Salawudeen suggested that the government should set up price stability and commodities standardisation boards.

“Tinubu must ensure that the Federal Commodity Board must be set up to ensure that prices of products are regulated and to ensure standardisation and that defaulters in this regard are brought to justice without fear or favour, let or hindrance.”

Speaking further on whether or not he would accept an appointment from the administration, he said, “Yes, if given an appointment, I will not reject it. But it is an error for anyone who feels he has supported the new president one way or another during campaigns to think that the only way to be compensated is via federal appointment. This is wrong.

“I have written newspaper articles to support Tinubu and even openly campaigned for him before the elections, but many people did the same or similar things, even much better than I did.

“It will, therefore, be wrong to insist that the only way to reward me must be by being appointed. Is it possible for Tinubu to empty all his supporters across media and politics into his cabinet? This is not possible.”

Corruption

Stating his view on corruption, he said the president “knows his onions and how best to tackle the same,” stressing that it would be wrong for anyone to think that the federal government must follow certain steps in resolving the hydra-headed malaise.

“Corruption has been a critical part of what has brought the country to its knees in many areas of life, especially in the area of economy. No country grows with such a level and quantum of corruption. But to imagine that the new president and his government are not prepared to confront that evil is a dangerous presumption. Tinubu knows quite well what it is and what his administration has to do to stop the malaise. But it will be proper to exercise some patience while waiting for the needed measures in this regard.”