President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said the challenges Nigerians are faced with following the removal of the petrol subsidy are for a better tomorrow.
Tinubu, represented by George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed this on Thursday at the public presentation of “Brutally Frank,” an autobiography of Edwin Clark, convener of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).
The President who compared the challenges caused by petrol subsidy removal to the pains of childbirth, noted that the pains are necessary for the birth of a new nation.
According to him, though the solutions to Nigeria’s problems may not be instant, it is important for everyone to be present and actively involved in the process.
He further assured that palliatives are being put in place to alleviate the impact on citizens, adding that 100 trucks of fertilizers and grains have been sent to the states, with more on the way.
“And he (Tinubu) has also asked me to tell this gathering that we are going through a difficult phase in the history of this country.
“But these pains are pains of birth, the birth of a new nation. And that if you want to celebrate a child, a baby, then the mother must go through some pain. But at the end of the day, there is joy. There is merriment when the baby arrives. And we will certainly be there.
“Solutions to problems can never be as instant as coffee. But we must certainly be there.
“I know the removal of fuel subsidy has created some things. And that is why palliatives are being put in place; 100 trucks of fertilizers have been sent to the states.
“One hundred trucks of grains have been sent and more are coming and more buses are also coming.
“We can endure this for a moment. What we’re going through today is for a better tomorrow. Nations are great because citizens have hope. They have hope that tomorrow will be better than today,” he said.
“To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.
“This country is complex, but can never be too difficult to manage. Our diverse cultures and religion constitute a source of our strength,” the President added.