On Monday, the government assured citizens that the hardships brought on by the elimination of the fuel subsidy would be short-lived.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, Minister of Information and National Orientation Alhaji Mohammed Idris made the promise.
He said it was simple to see that regular people will end up on the receiving end of the subsidy cut.
Idris lamented that the subsidy regime benefited only a select few, adding that these individuals were doing so at the expense of the country as a whole.
So, the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, refused to take part in it. He agrees with the majority of his countrymen in Nigeria.
“Although the removal will be painful at the beginning, it will be better for all of us in the end,” he remarked.
The elimination of fuel subsidies is analogous to the pains experienced by a woman who is about to give birth; at that point, she may wish she had never conceived a kid.
However, once the baby is born, the mother will hold her child, smile, and feel like the happiest person alive.
I believe the comparison may be made to the debate over eliminating gasoline subsidies.
President Bola Tinubu’s message is that the difficulties we face now are transient and that in the long run, we will be stronger because of them.
The Minister remembered that early in Tinubu’s administration, he provided temporary funding to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to help ease the impact of the subsidy cuts.
This is due to Tinubu’s confidence in state governors as experts on their respective regions.
To ease Nigerians’ short-term anxiety over the elimination of the country’s gasoline subsidy, he also made a variety of foodstuffs and fertilizers available.
Long-term, “I can assure you that it will be better for Nigeria,” Idris said.