“It was just few months ago that we came out of one madness as a country. Cash crunch, where legitimate customers could not access their money in banks, to the level that, one of the customers in Warri, in one of the banks got naked while weeping like a new born baby , just to request for his hard earned cash, in fact, some lost their lives, properties destroyed, yet, we have moved on as a country, and nobody is punished for it. Can a country grow like this.?”
By Mark Orgu, June 2, 2023, News/Comments.
Why should anyone blame President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. For what- For announcing the end to fuel subsidy on his inauguration day, May 29 “Subsidy is gone” Are we new to this, no of course. We are always strong in our various dispositions, so, dismay not.
Indeed, most Nigerians take every slightest opportunity to exploit others; a very dangerous attitude with no sympathy at all, while the country’s leaders continued in their unproductive ideas, believed to be the best for the country, even as citizens lament the obvious.
Yes, subsidy is gone, because Ex-president Buhari’s administration only budgeted for it six months, which will elapse this June ending, but did that take away, the simple truth, that mushroom petroleum marketers ,(Market forces), to start increasing fuel, knowing that, what they have in stock has been subsidized half year. It is not their fault, it is our system designed to manipulate every given opportunity.
It was just few months ago that we came out of one madness as a country. Cash crunch, where legitimate customers could not access their money in banks, to the level that, one of the customers in Warri, in one of the banks got naked while weeping like a new born baby , just to request for his hard earned cash, in fact, some lost their lives, properties destroyed, yet, we have moved on as a country, and nobody is punished for it. Can a country grow like this.?
There is something cynical about us as a people and country. That is, we never learn lessons, rather, we prefer sycophancy and high service to the highest order. Can you image, that petroleum marketers whose price at the time of purchase had been lowered, wants to immediately make huge profit to the detriment of the suffering Nigerians, of which 70% of the population cannot account of N500,000 in their bank accounts. Is Nigeria cursed to suffer, no, we are over blessed but leadership has made it a curse.
Maybe, we should ask ourselves some questions why the country as continued in her retrogressive backwardness. The country has created a system of doubt, corruption, fear, anarchy and dark cloud. Look at our University or Polytechnic system that supposed to set agenda for character, leadership and capacity troop out sets of unproductive graduates yearly, even as some of its graduands cannot even construct full compliments or sentence, why, because the system has been polluted and polarized to brain drain , where sorting out is becoming ultimate.
What about Professors who are alleged to have compromised electoral processes, even when they know the right thing to do. Or are we to talk about bribes, now call , kola nut, or appreciation for mid-night negotiations, or it is a contractor, who will prefer to use substandard materials to build roads, and cause accidents on our roads.
Recently, I watched a video of Ex-president Muhammadu Buhari on social media after arriving his own house in Daura with triumphant entry and festivity, complained of his air conditioner in his living room, not working well. Hmm, so, life is like that. Maybe the next one will be, a complain of mosquito repellent and rat in the kitchen or complain of fuel queue. This is a country where leaders don’t build structure for the rainy days. Now, Buhari is complaining, he has joined citizens.
Why must some of our country elites and Leaders pretend-blind eyes like the fair blind Batimeaus, who recognized his shortcomings and begged the Lord to make him see again (Mark 10:46-54). Is our leaders too big to make sacrifice for the suffering masses, why should a billionaire or trillionaire or multi millionaire still wants to snick out small Kobo of a thousanaire. This is wickedness in the highest order. At this point of our lives, l had thought that, self consciousness and the fear of God will guide us to the plights of the weaker vessel-the masses at the receiving end. It is better we say it over and over again, because, as told by the immortal Martin Luther King Jr. that, our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter .
The question we should be asking, why didn’t former President Buhari remove subsidy in his last days, why did he chose to suffer Nigerians on cash crush policy that is now fruitless and worthless. Yes, the subsidy only was in 2023 budget, which is half year, amounted to N3.6 trillion. Why did he had to wait for another government to add more suffering to our already dying Nation, which the new government will have to contend with and fix.
President Tinubu announcement, yes is timely, but what is not timely about our lives. The principle of do it now, is imminent as we progress in life. Procrastinating is dangerous, lets do it now. There is no need for NLC to go on strike, they should consolidate and work with the new government since there will be no more fuel scarcity once subsidy is totally disband..
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