Pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) have applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for announcing the cancellation of fuel subsidy.
Ohanaeze echoed the president’s statement in his inaugural address on Monday, saying Nigerians should applaud Tinubu’s political will to scrap fuel subsidies. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary General Okechukwu Isiguzoro told Daily Mail on Tuesday that his removal will tackle corruption and ensure stability in the system.
According to Isiguzoro, the president has a daunting task to revive Nigeria and the Ibo people are ready to help him realize his dream. his words:
“Nigerians should commend Tinubu for his political will to remove fuel subsidy, which is being used by the political elite to hold the country hostage. The removal of fuel subsidy will go a long way in fighting corruption and ensuring stability in the system. “The economic and agriculture proposal is a good proposal for the president. We can be sure that Tinubu’s government will be much better than the previous government which was focused on cronyism and promoted religion to the masses instead of other interests. “Despite inheriting the collapsed economy and external debt of the previous government, I think Tinubu has started on the right foot. Tinubu has a daunting task to bring Nigeria from the bottom up. “Buhari is the worst president Nigeria has had since 1999, despite his outstanding performance in South East infrastructure.
“As far as Ndigbo is concerned, we expect Tinubu’s economic outlook to largely favor the Igbo people. Free market trade and economic assumptions suggest that the Ndigbo, who are mainly traders, will benefit from its economic policies. He should start by canceling the implementation of several taxes and tariffs. “Ndigbo is ready to help him realize his dream and the Tinubu regime will be much better than the previous government.”
The AYCF, through its national chairman, Yerima Shettima, said Tinubu has taken the right steps, adding that the president believes that instead of distributing grant funds, the funds should be used for infrastructural projects.
Shettima said Tinubu is determined to work and Nigerians expect him to do the needful in the economy, security and other areas. He said:
“The economy is nothing to write home about, there are other challenges. He also understands that the country needs to be saved at this critical time. Now that someone has appropriated it, do you still need special grants or something? They have no subsidies in the country. “He believes that it is better to spend money on better things than to share. I agree with him. “Nigerians are worried that fuel prices will go up and with the coming of the Dangote refinery, you will see that everything will come down and Nigerians will benefit from this policy; I strongly agree with him that we have to get rid of the subsidy system.”