As Protest Rocks Nigerian Cities, Acting President Says ‘We hear You Loud and Clear’

The acting President Yemi Osinbajo has admonished Nigerians that the current administration was working hard to ameliorate the present hardship, saying the government was very much aware of the groaning in the land.
Reacting to the protest, which rocked most Nigerian cities, Monday, which was initially called by Innocent Idibia aka 2face, Osinbajo said the Federal Government was sensitive to the plight of Nigerians who have been emasculated by the administration’s economic policies.
“To those who are on the streets protesting the economic situation and those who are not, but feel the pain of economic hardship, we hear you,” Osinbajo said.
Osinbajo in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said the administration recognised Nigerians deserved better living conditions and will strive to improve on the current situation.
“You deserve a decent life and we are working night and day to make life easier,” Osinbajo said.
In the statement, the acting President also quoted an earlier statement by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis, the recession for many individuals and families is real. For some it means not being able to pay school fees, for others it is not being able to afford the high cost of rice, millet, or of local or international travel. And for many of our young people the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university or polytechnic.
“I know how difficult things are, and how rough business is. All my adult life I have always earned a salary, and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough. In every part of our nation people are making incredible sacrifices,” Osinbajo was quoted as saying.
He said: “We are in a serious economic situation and the President was particularly concerned about the lot of the common man. And I quote him, “Recession today for many means not being able to pay school fees, for others not being able to afford high cost of rice and millets and for most of our young people recession means joblessness.
“I for one have been across the states and even today some people are out on the street protesting that things are difficult. What we are saying to every Nigeria is that ‘we hear you loud and clear,’ and we are determined to recover the economy. You have a right to demand for a better economy and we are committed to see it happen.
“Years of deterioration cannot be reversed overnight. ‎Again it has to be said that it’s our business, it’s our duty to ensure that we put the Nigerian economy on the track of recovery.”
He said the government had to intervene three times in the past 18 months states ‎to enable states have enough resources to pay salaries.
Osinbajo added: “And the last intervention was in December when we paid the Paris club refund to the states. This is funds that the federal government owed states since 2005. This was to enable states pay their workers and we tend to believe that this is what is being done.”

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