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President Bola Tinubu Commends Removal of Fuel Subsidy, Emphasizes Nigeria’s Priorities

by Olufemi Awoyinka

President Bola Tinubu, during an interactive session with traditional rulers under the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria in Abuja, expressed his conviction that his administration made the right decision by removing the fuel subsidy. He emphasized that Nigeria could no longer afford to support smugglers at the expense of its own citizens.

In a statement released by Abiodun Oladunjoye, the Director of Information at the State House, President Tinubu asserted that keeping the subsidy in place would have severely crippled Nigeria. He addressed the traditional rulers, stating, “I appreciate your attention to the actions I have taken, particularly the removal of the subsidy. Why should we, with sound judgment and a good conscience, support smugglers and act as ‘Father Christmas’ to neighboring countries? Even though they say ‘not every day is Christmas,’ we cannot continue in this manner.”

President Tinubu urged the traditional leaders to encourage Nigerians to maintain faith in the government, assuring them that fuel prices would eventually decrease. He also promised an open-door policy, emphasizing his commitment to listening to the aspirations of Nigerians and transforming the nation’s potential into tangible progress.

“We are receptive to your concerns. I am always ready to listen. You can contact me and share any concerns you may have at any time. Although we may not be perfect 100 percent of the time, we must strive to get it right 90 percent of the time for the sake of our country,” Tinubu added.

The President further pledged to prioritize national security, aiming for a future where all Nigerians can sleep with peace of mind. He condemned the activities of a small percentage of the population involved in crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region. President Tinubu emphasized the need to counter such sabotage and harness the diversity of the country for prosperity, growth, and stability.

Addressing the concerns raised by the traditional rulers about the challenges facing the nation, Tinubu assured them that Nigeria was in capable hands. He urged the rulers to advise their subjects interested in elective positions to manage their ambitions and foster harmony within the legislative house. Tinubu affirmed his willingness to collaborate with any elected representative.

The Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, also known as the Sultan of Sokoto, expressed full support and loyalty from traditional rulers across the six geopolitical zones to President Tinubu. He assured the President of their continued prayers and commitment to contribute to the country’s development.

Furthermore, the Co-Chairman of the Council and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, expressed satisfaction with the unity and focus exhibited by the nation in the face of challenges. He urged President Tinubu to recognize the power and influence of traditional rulers in complementing the government’s programs and vision.

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