The Lagos State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Nigerians to be patient and support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his efforts to make Nigeria a better place.
The remark was made by Stephen Adegbite, the State CAN Chairman, during a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, following protests by members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the elimination of petrol subsidies and the country’s rising cost of living.
Continuing with the subsidy system, according to the Chairman, would be the same as dragging ahead the evil days, which could be even worse than what is already being experienced.
He, on the other hand, pleaded for calm, emphasizing that the country is already on the mend.
“We cannot complain about a lack of social infrastructure and amenities, as well as low wages for civil servants, while opposing efforts to improve the quality and availability of the same.”
“While it is easy to appreciate the altruism behind the protest, I believe that its ultimate goal must be the overall benefit of the entire polity,” Adegbite remarked.
The CAN leader went on to say that when the subsidy was paid, Nigerians were not the primary beneficiaries since it had been hijacked by a few individuals.
“The best thing that could happen to us is what we are experiencing now, albeit in pain.” We feel Nigerians’ pains; we have families and members; even in the church, some people are unable to attend due to gasoline price increases.
“But we must endure for the time being, Mr President said there will be better days ahead, and by the special grace of God, Nigeria will sing a new song, Nigeria will be delivered in another six months.”
“We have known Mr. President for more than 27 years, and even as an individual, he does not like people suffering around him.”
“He wants the best for this country, he has this country’s best interests at heart, and that is why he has personally met with labor unions.”
“We will closely monitor the government’s promises to ensure that the dividends of democracy are delivered and Nigeria becomes a better place for all of us to live,” he added.