President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has told Nigerians that a framework for palliatives to mitigate the effects of the elimination of gasoline subsidies is being developed.
He emphasized that the choice was made in the best interests of the country, particularly in terms of ensuring future development.
Tinubu made the remarks while receiving 18 governors from his Class of 1999 at the Presidential Villa, urging Nigerians to be patient while the government increases effort, speeds up the process, and ensures a full-proof social security structure that will not be compromised, particularly in cash transfers.
“I recognize that our people are in pain, but there can be no childbirth without pain.” The joy of childbirth is the relief that follows the agony. With the elimination of fuel subsidies, Nigeria is reborn. For the majority of smugglers, it is a rebirth of the country.
“Please advise the folks to be patient.
The palliative is on its way. I don’t want money to end up in the wrong hands. I know it hurts and is difficult. ”In the end, we will revel in our country’s wealth,” he told the governors, who were led by former Edo State Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
“As governors, we sat in this Council Chamber. All I desired was democracy and the country’s salvation. ”I never imagined I’d be here as President, but God Almighty has brought me,” President Tinubu said.
The president told the governors and Nigerians that he will strive for the country’s “unity, equity, stability, and prosperity.”
“I am unwavering in my support for that democratic value.” “I am overwhelmed and honored by the number of you who have come,” he remarked, adding, “I have an open door policy.” You are my counselors. We went into the pond and fought a pig. We got filthy and then cleaned up. That is the reason I am here today.”
President Tinubu stated that the country will not make substantial development unless electricity is fixed, and he assured that his administration will harness gas resources and investigate all options to ensure steady power generation and supply.
On security, the president, who had earlier met with Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum to review the situation in the North East, urged Nigerians, particularly those in Plateau State, to sheath their swords and use dialogue to resolve conflicts, adding that border issues were man-made, not created by God.
“We will do everything in our power to stabilize the country,” he said.
Former governors urged the President to pursue his vision for a bigger Nigeria with energy, tenacity, and resilience, expressing confidence in their support for development programs and committing to provide the required social foundation for its realization.
“We’re here for you. We are your foot soldiers, and you may draw on our knowledge. You are a Nigerian who believes in her. Nigeria will take its place with your strong leadership,” said Igbinedion, Chairman, Class of 1999.
He confirmed that there were 19 people in the meeting, including President Tinubu, the Governor of Lagos State and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and George Akume, the former Governor of Benue State, while ten of their colleagues had died.
Niyi Adebayo of Ekiti State, Sen. Orji Uzo Kalu of Abia State, Sen. Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State, Adamu Muazu of Bauchi State, Donald Duke of Cross River State, James Ibori of Delta State, Obong Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State, Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State, Saminu Turaki of Jigawa State, Sen. Aleiro