EKO HOT BLOG reports that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has called on Nigerians to resist the antics of enemies of democracy who want to create a state of national siege and tension through the scarcity of fuel and the new naira notes.
Tinubu who made the call in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday appealed to Nigerians to remain calm over the current hardship caused by the scarcity.
He lamented that the situation has brought untold pain and hardship to many Nigerians but appealed to them to remain calm as the government and relevant agencies continue to work out solutions.
The statement which was signed and made by the Director, Media & Publicity
APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga said the current fuel and naira scarcity has affected many people, particularly the downtrodden masses who have been made to bear the brunt of the new naira policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)and irregular supply of petrol.
Tinubu pointed out that the two have combined to inflict avoidable pains on the masses and therefore called on the CBN not to be dogmatic in the deadline it has fixed for the transition from old Naira notes to the new one, especially as the unintended consequence of the policy has been massive pain on the people.
He commends the NNPC Limited for the fuel supply relief being enjoyed in the Federal Capital Territory and urges the company to step up its act to bring relief around the country.
The former Lagos State Governor said he is distressed by the news of cash-strapped farmers having to sell their products excessively cheap to avoid losing all.
The APC candidate went further to assure Nigerians that the current challenges will soon be over and pleaded that people should avoid anything capable of causing unrest in the country even when they are justifiably angry.
The statement reads: “This is a challenging period in the life of our country when our people are made to stay on the line for hours to get fuel and even get their own money from the banks.
“I empathize with Nigerians across the country especially the poor masses who have been made to bear the brunt and pains of the CBN Naira policy and fuel scarcity the most.
“While the government continues to work to solve these problems, let’s stay calm, maintain the peace and continue to shun and avoid any act capable of causing civil unrest and disharmony.
“What the opposition and enemies of democracy want is to create a state of national siege and tension that can disrupt the coming general elections and create an atmosphere of strife in our country.
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“We must say no to them. We must be resolute and stand firm to protect our democracy by ensuring we hold our elections in a peaceful and orderly manner.”
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