Subsidy removal hardship will be over soon – Ex-Senate President, Lawan


President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has asked Nigerians to stay hopeful in the face of challenges occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy by the federal government, saying they would not be permanent.

Lawan made the appeal, on Saturday, while flagging-off the distribution of 9,000 bags of grains as palliatives to his constituents from 60 wards in six local government areas of Yobe North Senatorial District.

According to a statement issued by the former Senate President’s Media Adviser, Ezrel Tabiowo, the intervention scheme which was undertaken by Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, SAIL Empowerment Foundation – held at Filin Katuzu in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State, would also be extended to Muslim religious groups, Christian communities and persons with disabilities.

In his message to the beneficiaries, Lawan advised them and every Nigerian not to relent in their prayers to God and be positive and hopeful that the present situation comes to an end.

“It is not a permanent situation; it is a temporary setback. Sometimes, public policies come with unintended consequences that are the price we have to pay to have a good life.

“So, we tarry a while and pray, as we continue to give support to our government at various levels. This is a situation that will not last for too long,” the former Senate President said.

Also speaking to journalists at the venue of the event, Lawan sympathised with Nigerians over the high cost of living that trailed the removal of petrol subsidy.

He expressed optimism that the policies of the President Bola Tinubu-led government would overtime yield the much desired result.

“We are in dire straits; most of our people are in need of foodstuffs because of recent events and situations and, of course, interventions of government that would yield the desired results in the future.

“People are in serious trouble of feeding themselves. But the federal government has taken a lot of measures, some of which include giving N5 billion to every state; and 5 or 6 trucks of grains to every state including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

“This intervention is my token to complement what the federal government and my state has done for my community. These 9,000 bags of grains that I have given is a way of saying, ‘I know your situation, I can do only this, I wish I could do better.’

“We pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) that this situation comes to an end as quickly as possible. I’m a believer of the fact that the recent policies – especially the withdrawal of petroleum subsidy that is part of the problem – is going to yield the desired results later.

“We will see a better life, we will see more infrastructural developments in our states and communities, but for now, this is the price we have to pay,” Lawan said.

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