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Economic turmoil: President Tinubu, please listen to AEF

  Nigeria’s current economic woes are not isolated incidents but rather the peak of years of systemic challenges and policy missteps. From the decline of…

 

Nigeria’s current economic woes are not isolated incidents but rather the peak of years of systemic challenges and policy missteps. From the decline of industries in the 1990s to the era of military rule marked by corruption and mismanagement, the nation has weathered numerous storms on its path to progress.

The decision to remove fuel subsidy, while well-intentioned, proved to be a double-edged sword, unleashing a torrent of consequences that reverberated throughout society. The subsequent free fall of the naira sent shockwaves through the economy, triggering a cascade of hardships that tested the resilience of the populace.

Hyperinflation ran rampant, rendering incomes inadequate and purchasing power a distant memory. In the face of dwindling resources and mounting uncertainty, Nigerians found themselves thrust into a desperate struggle for survival.

To understand the gravity of Nigeria’s economic predicament, one must delve into its root causes, which are as deep-seated as they are complex. Corruption, a scourge that has plagued the nation for decades, continues to gnaw away at its foundations, siphoning off resources meant for public good and fostering an environment of impunity.

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Inefficiency and a lack of diversification further compound the problem, leaving Nigeria’s economy dangerously reliant on oil revenue—a precarious position exacerbated by volatile global markets and shifting geopolitical dynamics.

The failure to address these systemic issues has left Nigeria vulnerable to external shocks and internal instability, undermining efforts to achieve sustainable development and improve the lives of its citizens. Without decisive action and a concerted effort to address the root causes of its economic woes, Nigeria risks being trapped in a cycle of decline, with far-reaching consequences for generations to come.

Amidst this economic quagmire, the Arewa Economic Forum (AEF) emerges as a beacon of hope, advocating for pragmatic solutions to stem the tide of despair. In a recent press briefing it called for a rethink of subsidy removal policies and proactive measures to address the pressing issues at hand.

The AEF highlights the adverse effects of fuel subsidy removal on the populace, citing the widening gap between state allocations and tangible improvements in livelihoods. Calling for a reversal of the subsidy removal policy, the forum emphasizes the need for accountable governance and targeted interventions to alleviate the suffering of the masses.

To President Tinubu, As the leader of our great nation, the burden of Nigeria’s economic hardship weighs heavily on your shoulders. In these trying times, we implore you to remain steadfast in your commitment to steering the country towards prosperity. The recent press briefing by the Arewa Economic Forum underscores the urgency of the situation and the need for decisive action.

The removal of fuel subsidies has inflicted untold suffering on the populace, exacerbating inflation and widening the gap between the rich and the poor. We urge you to heed the call for policy reversal and prioritise the welfare of the Nigerian people above all else. Your leadership in this critical moment will determine the trajectory of our nation’s future.

Solving Nigeria’s economic woes is not the sole responsibility of the government; it requires collective effort and sacrifice from all stakeholders. Citizens must hold their leaders accountable, demand transparency, and actively participate in nation-building initiatives. Only through unity and collaboration can we overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

Let us remain prayerful and hopeful that Nigeria will emerge stronger from this economic downturn. With resilience, determination, and a shared vision for a brighter future, we can overcome adversity and build a nation where prosperity is accessible to all. God bless Nigeria.

 

Haroon Aremu Abiodun is a youth corps member at PRNigeria Centre, Abuja

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