Tinubu Pledges to Overcome Subsidy Beneficiares and Smugglers Driven by Retaliation


President Tinubu emphasizes his administration’s commitment to allocating resources to vital sectors crucial for the well-being of Nigerians. Nonetheless, he stresses the necessity of outmaneuvering smugglers and individuals identified as “old subsidy beneficiaries” whom he said are fighting back.

On Mat 29, 2023, upon inauguration, President Tinubu executed the budgetary provision initiated by his predecessor, which terminated petroleum subsidies. Additionally, he harmonized foreign exchange rates to eradicate long-standing arbitrage. Speaking on the members of the Forum of State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress at the State House in Abuja on Friday, the President said,

“As we are fighting corruption, smugglers, and old subsidy beneficiaries, they most certainly will fight back. All those who falsified records and became losers with subsidy (on petroleum products) removal will fight back. But we will defend our people. The treasure belongs to the people, and that sacred trust must not be abused. We need to give hope, and we are giving it to the country and our citizens.

“We are working hard , day and night, even though some agents of destabilization are present in the polity. Nigerians, with our focused support, shall defeat them.”

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Ajuri Ngelale, made known details of the closed-door talks in a statement he signed on Friday titled “President Tinubu to APC Leaders: Old subsidy bebeficiaries may resist us, but Nigeria will overcome them with good governance and commitment to our people.”

Tinubu reassured Nigerians of his government’s relentless efforts to enhance their living standards. He urged grassroots leaders to promote the acquisition of National Identification Numbers among citizens, emphasizing its importance for effective planning, intervention structuring, and full participation in various relief programs.

“The programme of our government will be truly progressive; student loans, a national consumer credit system, and social welfare for the unemployed, as well as graduates. Every Nigerian will find a place of belonging in our country, in the eyes of even the biggest hurricane, we will find that place of tranquility and prosperous harmony for the benefit of all. Nigerians will all partake on this national journey to prosperity,” President Tinubu said.

He further underscored pivotal role of agriculture in fostering Nigeria’s economic, expansion and advancement, Addressing the state party chairmen, headed by the National Chair,an of the APC, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, he disclosed that his administration has formulated a comprehensive plan for extensive livestock farming, poised for imminent implementation.

On September 14, 2023, the National Livestock Reforms Committee, chaired by Ganduje, recommended to President Tinubu the establishment of a ministry of Livestock Resources. One of its primaryobjectives is to mitigate the longstanding and bloody conflicts between farmers and nomadic cattle herders across the nation.

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