Open Latter: Tinubu One Year in Office amidst Hardship

President Bola Tinubu

-Abba Dukawa

I use this medium with hope the open latter will reach your table. With anticipation those responsible with press cut will lay it before you in your table.

Mr. President with utmost respect to you and your office, hope you are well. I pray that Allah to provides you with wisdom to make Nigeria great again.

You are aware these responsibilities bestowed on you by God it is a test on your faith both here and hereafter and definitely you will account for every deed and decisions you make under the oath as a president on the last day of judgement.

Even though becoming a president was your life time ambition which you have actualizes it as it’s a rare opportunity for many to achieve their own dream to occupy the president office at one shoot. Unlike former president almost to give off his ambition of becoming a president after being a serial loser at the three consecutive attempts.

It is unfortunate the level of uncertainty in the Nigerian economy and hardship becoming unbearable to the citizens, conditions are not getting any better and the life was little bit better off from pre May 2023.

Within one year of your administration in office the economic policies implementing by your government has triggered more economic hardship to millions citizens one minute have a reason to smile, the very next second, make them feel heartbroken.

In spite you requested the job, and you are not complaining about it with hope that the nation will survive the current economic challenges with your anticipation there would be a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Renewed Hope is increasingly turning into Renewed Frustration for citizens. As Million Household been dehumanised by the economic hardship.

Without any distortions of reality or an act to criticize your administration but the fact on ground that Life in Nigeria has became miserable for the larger population of Nigerians as the year 2024, was one of the hardest years Nigerians has ever undergone in recent years

It is clear to all that Nigeria is presently at the edge of the precipice in terms of the economic, security and food affordability.

If anyone would tell me that a Nigerian would sought food leftover from eatery and hotels dustbin I would not believe it but I saw different sexes are looking for food at the garbage. as the hardship is biting very hard the situation has pushed many people to take extreme measures, even as worst as taking their own lives.

Actually what is happening now, that the entire country is gnashing it teeth that is what exactly is going on? a period of more belt-tightening for citizens whose waists are disappearing? Why the administration constantly reminding Nigerians of the bad times ahead? Is there nothing that can be ingeniously done for the most vulnerable?

29, May, your administration is one year amidst hardship and uncertainty for the future. Let us be very factual and realistic with ourselves; the problem we find ourselves today, originated, was engineered, fabricated and sustained by the former administration as it institutionally, fundamentally and it’s is responsible for the current economic hardship in the country.

Within one year, Tinubu’s policies have clearly thrown to millions of citizens lost hope on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is disheartening to remind you deteriorating state of the economy, cost of living and rising cases of insecurity, collapse of the foreign exchange windows, electricity tariff hake, highest inflation if not an hyper inflation have resulted to unprecedented hardship for the masses to bear it.

Everyone learnt the heat as citizens have common market the hardship not differentiate between have not and have this resulted for Nigerians to knocked your government for being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians who are still grappling with the economical impact of petrol subsidy removal.

Concerned Nigerians doubtful if the current administration understanding dark cloud in the sky courtesy of it’s overstretching the patient of the citizens by imposing further strangulating measures on them this not only threaten system, may also lead to a public anger against harsh policies that have reduced citizens into beggars and now depend on palliatives for survival.

Clearly the duty of every administration was to improve the well-being and economic prosperity of the country. Not policies that will continue overstretching the citizens with imposing further strangulating measures.

However, urgent remedial measures need to deal with the situation. Taking full responsibility of the economic hardship and other related issues cause by your administration is not a solution but action is most important to alleviate the problems.

What differentiate your administration to pas immediate administration is just blame games as it’s happened up to the last days in office it continued to blamed Jonathan’s government for its failures.

Believe me, what you will do from now on as leader will determine whether this nation will be strong enough to deal with challenges of the future, or it will continue going under its cumulative problems left unattended by its leaders.

President Tinubu needs to expedite action to ensure that the food is ready to calm hungry citizens’ nerves. Government should engage local rice, sugar, and spaghetti industries and merchants to stop manipulating the situation and ensure those people who hoard foodstuffs are brought to justice.

Things are harder which made poor people not bear it. Things were fair before now. Feeding thrice a day is now difficult and having twice become a luxury to many families won’t eat three square meals. The high cost of living is appalling. Life is increasingly becoming difficult because while your earning reduces, the daily routine expenditure increases and the gap is wide to fill. Within one year, Tinubu’s policies have made millions of citizens lost hope on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is disheartening to remind you deteriorating state of the economy, cost of living and rising cases of insecurity, collapse of the foreign exchange windows, electricity tariff hake, highest inflation if not an hyper inflation have resulted to unprecedented hardship for the masses to bear it.

Taking personal responsibility for the pains poor people are going through is courageous but offering lasting solutions towards alleviating the problems is most needed.

Mr. President and his appointees should have it at the back of their minds that “A hungry man is an angry man”. Nigerians want to have genuine solace, not the president’s acknowledgment of the hardship the citizens go through.

If the administration has a genuine intention to ease the citizen’s hardship in the next three years can do it by shifting gears from total economic liberalism and free market forces. The Tinubu’s administration is one year in office amidst hardship and extreme poverty but we are paying the price for the mistake of the past administrations, for the failure of the past and for what we have refused to do in the past, so this is the reality. Technically Nigeria is like in a time of great depression. All the symptoms are here – perhaps a little more than what obtained in German in the 1950s.

To understand the situation one may looks at the faces of poor people will understand the pains and anger in their faces or let one go to market stale to hear how people venting their anger on the administration policies.

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