Fuel subsidy: United Nigeria Group backs Tinubu, faults NLC on strike action
Rising-up for a United Nigeria, an umbrella body for all youths groups and middle-aged citizens has thrown their weights behind the decision by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to remove fuel subsidy.
Led by Amb. Solomon Adodo, the group kicked against the proposed strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The group in a statement argued that the decision to remove fuel subsidy was in the best interest of Nigerians.
It noted: “The announcement of the suspension of fuel subsidy is nothing but an adroit courageous move by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is a bitter pill we have to swallow which shall howbeit cure the long term problems plaguing our constituency, principally unemployment and its twin – poverty.
“We must therefore resist all overtures to oppose government but rather put on our innovative thinking caps to partner with government out of this temporary storm. All calls for strikes and/or protests should be strongly resisted while vistas of dialogue should be opened for cushioning measures to ease the plight of the masses.
“We must be reminded that the task of building any great nation rests principally on the shoulders of her youth and even though we talk about our heroes past, we are the heroes present that shall rise to build the great Nigeria buoyed by renewed hope for an uncommon transformation of our country to the greatness we so dream of.
It is possible and it is our time to make it happen Together.”
The group applauded the decision by President Tinubu to appoint Sen. George Akume and Femi Gbajabiamila as Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chief of Staff to the President respectively.
The group also expressed support for the endorsement of Sen Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.
It added: “As we gear up towards the election of the Presiding Officials of the National Assembly, bwe are hopeful that the Senate particularly will return another promising patriot with uncommon achievements and antecedents in the Person of Sen. Godswill Akpabio, CON as President of the Senate.
“The over one hundred million Nigerian young and middle-aged citizens have overwhelming endorsed Sen. Akpabio as Senate President, having performed creditably throughout his trajectory of leadership as Governor, Senator and Minister.
“We firmly believe he will fittingly complement President Bola Ahmed Tinubu with the virile legislature needed for a highly effective Executive that shall usher a greater Nigeria. It is highly imperative to make it clear that at such trying times as this, the nation needs courageous and tactful leaders to head all the three arms of government.
“We are at crossroads of challenges amidst opportunities and only Senator Akpabio judging from his past records can complement the vision of Mr. President of rapidly transforming Nigeria to an economic superpower where poverty, hunger, unemployment and all related vicissitudes will be dealt a lethal blow.
“We, therefore, urge all Senators-elect across all Party lines to put the Nigerian dream first by electing His Excellency Senator Godswill Akpabio as Senate President so that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu can get the needed legislative support to drive the new Nigeria to fruition.”