Nigeria at 63: I wish today’s difficulties did not exist – Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has reiterated why it is necessary Nigerians should endure the economic hardships brought by the removal of fuel subsidy.

According to the President, he wished today’s difficulties did not exist, adding that Nigerians must endure ”if we are to reach the good side of our future”.

Tinubu made the statement on Sunday in his nationwide broadcast marking the nation’s 63rd Independence Anniversary.

The President acknowledged the hardships that have come with his administration’s removal of subsidy policy.

”I am attuned to the hardships that have come. I have a heart that feels and eyes that see. I wish to explain to you why we must endure this trying moment.

“Those who sought to perpetuate the fuel subsidy and broken foreign exchange policies are people who would build their family mansion in the middle of a swamp. I am different. I am not a man to erect our national home on a foundation of mud. To endure, our home must be constructed on safe and pleasant ground.

”Reform may be painful, but it is what greatness and the future require. We now carry the costs of reaching a future Nigeria where the abundance and fruits of the nation are fairly shared among all, not hoarded by a select and greedy few. A Nigeria where hunger, poverty and hardship are pushed into the shadows of an ever fading past.

”There is no joy in seeing the people of this nation shoulder burdens that should have been shed years ago. I wish today’s difficulties did not exist. But we must endure if we are to reach the good side of our future,” he said.


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