The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malagi, has appealed to Nigerians for patience as the Bola Tinubu government, in office for seven months.
As reported by RoyalTimes, the administration initiated reforms such as the floating of the naira and the removal of fuel subsidies, contributing to a spike in the cost of living and inflation.
Malagi acknowledged the short-term challenges but emphasized the long-term benefits of the reforms. He urged citizens to recognize that structural changes take time to yield positive results and reassured them that President Tinubu is working tirelessly to lead Nigeria to prosperity.
“But for a long-term plan, you need a lot more time to put structures. But of course, as you trudge along, there will be shocks, turbulence, and occasional dislocations that you would find. But the vision of the President is very clear: he wants to take Nigeria to the desired prosperity. He works day and night to achieve that. Every day, all the ministers and everyone are working in that direction but the results are not seen yet. We ask Nigerians to be a little more patient.” He said.
Addressing the subsidy removal, Malagi argued that it was in the country’s best interest, freeing up resources for meaningful development. He emphasized that subsidy removal was essential to curb corruption, as the impact of the subsidy was not felt by the masses, with some individuals labeled “subsidy thieves” benefiting disproportionately.