Nigerians want changes to happen quickly, says Abdulsalami
…says Tinubu inherited fuel subsidy, insecurity
A former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalalmi Abubakar, on Saturday, congratulated the administration of President Bola Tinubu for clocking 100 days in office with a charge on Nigerians to join hands with the government to overcome the challenges of fuel subsidy and insecurity inherited from former President Muhammadu Buhari.
The elder statesman who said “Nigerians as a people want changes to happen quickly”, also congratulated the Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris on his appointment, describing the information portfolio as a very tough job.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Suleiman Haruna, said Abdulsalalmi stated these during
a grand reception organised by the Niger State Government to honour political gladiators from the state, including the minister.
At the event, the minister assured Nigerians that the current administration would continue to develop policies that promote national values and orientation among the citizens.
“The information portfolio is a tough job, having to market the image of government at a difficult time. I do not, however, doubt your capabilities, considering your media background, I’m sure you will do well.
“The government faced a very difficult situation and inherited many challenges with the economy, fuel subsidy, and insecurity. Nigerians, as a people want changes to happen quickly. So, my message to them is they should join hands with the government to overcome these challenges”, Abdulsalalmi stated.
Idris called on state governments to support the Federal Government in the project of reorienting Nigerians, without which, he said, there cannot be meaningful development.
The minister said the ongoing disbursement of palliatives across the states “will be a continuous exercise until the hardship being experienced by citizens as a result of fuel subsidy removal is addressed.”
While responding to questions from the media, the minister indicated that elder statesmen have always been known to preach peace and unity
“President Bola Tinubu is always talking about using our diversity for prosperity, and that is the message the elder statesmen also echoed here. Nigeria is a very diverse country, and we should use that diversity positively for the progress and development of our dear nation.”
He said the Federal Government was conscious of the people’s needs, adding that the eight-point agenda was designed and implemented to address the leading socio-economic challenges and create jobs for the youth.
Governor Mohammed Bago congratulated those who secured political positions at both the federal and state levels and urged them to be good ambassadors of the state.
He lauded the Federal Government’s plans to ameliorate the suffering of the citizens, promising that the state governors would play their part in ensuring that the palliatives reach those for whom they were intended.
The governor explained that Niger State provides opportunities for agriculture with its mass arable land, saying it can play a huge role in the Federal Government’s desire for more prosperity for Nigerians.