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Economic Hardship: Shun Protests Against Tinubu’s Govt – Afenifere Begs Yorubas | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Feb 25, 2024




A Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has urged the people of the South-West region not to join the nationwide protests against the economic hardship under President Bola Tinubu.

This is coming after the Nigeria Labour Congress scheduled a nationwide protest for 27 and 28 February, over the economic hardship and deteriorating security challenges in the country.

Afenifere made the call on Sunday, stating that the outcry over the hardship, hunger and hikes in food prices in the country did not come as a surprise.

The foremost Yoruba organisation in a statement signed by its leader, Reuben Fasoranti, noted that the people must come to terms with the realities of the national challenges which Tinubu’s administration was striving to resolve.

Fasoranti, who acknowledged the hardship, said it was important to recognise that some economic measures by Tinubu were strategies to restore economic prosperity and stability.

“The government’s commitment to implementing these measures is a testament to its dedication to addressing the root causes of our economic challenges, inherited from the ills of the previous years.

“As a responsible leader, I appeal to every Yoruba man and woman, young and old, and our fellow citizens across the nationalities, to exercise patience and refrain from engaging in protests or actions that may escalate tensions.

“Understandably, the immediate impact of Tinubu’s economic reforms is challenging to everyone, but it is crucial to give the government the necessary time to realise the intended benefits,” he said.

The Afenifere leader further stated that the removal of fuel subsidies and the floating of the naira was not undertaken lightly by the President.

He added that Nigerians should also understand the damage done to the country’s national prosperity through the nefarious activities of the agents of darkness within the oil and financial sectors.

“These measures by the Federal Government, though painful in the short term, are designed to create a more sustainable economic environment that will benefit us all in the long run. It requires collective understanding and resilience from every citizen as we navigate these challenging times.

“We cannot afford a preference for the euthanasic approach of painless death of our nation, where we are propped up with loans and subsidies until a total collapse into a failed nation, while we have the opportunity of painful healing through treatment with multiple surgeries that will guarantee not just our survival, but restored health, vigour and thriving life. We must endure today’s hardship for tomorrow’s prosperity,” he added.

Fasoranti who implored Nigerians to trust in Tinubu’s commitment to revamping the nation, also advised the people to engage in constructive dialogue and contribute positively to the ongoing economic reforms.

He further appealed for unity and understanding among the people, saying that with togetherness, they can weather the storm and be stronger as a nation.

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