A conflict resolution organisation, First Empowerment and Support for Peace Network (FESPEN), has urged Nigerians to be patient with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration over the removal of fuel subsidy.
It also commended the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for calling off the planned nationwide strike.
FESPEN, in a statement signed by its director general, Hajiya Maryam Yunusa Danjaki, described the subsidy’s removal by the president as starting on the right foot.
Danjaki, who said Tinubu had started well, however, urged the federal government to urgently come up with palliatives to ease the effects of subsidy removal on the people.
“We commend President Tinubu for summoning the courage to take steps that will benefit the larger population of Nigerians by removing the organised crime against Nigerians called “oil subsidy” an action the previous administrations could not take due to the involvement of some very highly placed individuals/cabals in the subsidy crime.
“While declaring our total support for the subsidy removal, we however want to use this medium to appeal to the federal government to urgently introduce some palliative measures to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal so as to ameliorate the pains and sufferings of the poor masses of Nigerians,” the statement said.