Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, revealed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, Buhari is pushing development goals not politics, and history will judge him in favorable terms despite the harsh criticism on social media.
He added that subsidy removal in our sectors has long been foreseen by successive administrations as game changers in search of solutions to aid Nigeria’s development.
His words, ”To stop the mismanagement of taxpayers money, eliminate corruption associated with subsidies on petroleum products, power, fertilizer among others, the administration took the decision to implement long-delayed reforms, withdraw and allow the market to determine their prices.”
”Blueprint upon blueprint, timeline upon timeline had come and gone but courage to take bold decisions was not there.”
“Over the last few days, one claim acquiring a potent resonance with the online community, sections of the labour movement and the opposition is that the actions are ill-timed and ill-advised.
”There is nothing new in the fact that the country is today fighting multiple challenges along with COVID-19, including low earnings, near-collapse of the oil market, floods, threats of terrorism and banditry but the challenges notwithstanding, a good government must take decisions for the people’s good.
”As President, Muhammadu Buhari takes these difficult decisions, both popular and unpopular and as a leader because he is demonstrating the right courage to take such decisions as they become necessary in view of present circumstances.”
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