Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged Nigerians to be patient with President Bola Tinubu following the removal of fuel subsidy.
He stated that the hardship being experienced as a result of subisdy removal would be short-lived.
Speaking when he played host to the directors and secretaries of various directorates of the defunct APC presidential campaign Council, Ganduje said Tinubu is very truthful to Nigerians as he had revealed his intentions even before he emerged as President.
The delegation was led by Major General Abdulmalik Jibril (rtd).
The APC Chairman urged Nigerians to endure the current pains as the policy would yield results that far outweigh the current hardships.
In his words, “President Bola Tinubu was honest to Nigerians, he did not play a game with the removal of subsidy. He was very honest, even in his efforts to provide a solution to the effect of the subsidy removal.
“It came to the point that everybody was suffering. The removal of subsidies, there is no doubt, it’s a welcomed development. And you know, he didn’t want to deceive people even during the electioneering process. Before he was voted in, he said he would remove it, so he was honest. And now it has been removed, but of course, there are some pains.
“There is no doubt if you study the history of developed nations, they went through similar processes – one obstacle or another – and the people will have to suffer, but we are so happy that the President invited all the governors, irrespective of political leaning, and told them his agenda. His agenda is for immediate relief of the suffering, the medium measure, and the long-term measures.
“We are happy that most governments in the federation have taken the cue. They designed their state palliatives, and the federal government is also providing palliatives. But if you look at it, the short-term measure alone is not sustainable. It is the long-term measure that is important.”