MY THOUGHTS ON FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL
Note: This is me ranting as an average Nigerian, this is not an intellectual paper.
I am not much of an economist but I understand what the fuel subsidy thing is all about its not rocket science. I also know that its supposed to help the economy growth blah blah.
My concerns are:
The standard of living in Nigeria cannot handle such a change, a country where people live on the streets, feed on crap and cannot even afford a sachet of water wants to remove fuel subsidy which will result in a price hike on everything from transportation to food.
A country in which the leaders are not accountable cannot remove fuel subsidy: what happened to the subsidy removed on gas five years ago? We have seen nothing. A nation where huge amounts are approved every six months to improve electricity and yet the nation lives in utter darkness.
A nation where the president feeds on gold (pun intended) cannot force the masses to make such sacrifices for development.
A nation where our law makers are richer than world class businessmen for doing nothing well, almost nothing cannot remove fuel subsidy which will make the average man suffer and feed from hand to mouth.
Imagine the number of small businesses that will suffer or even shut down over this dastardly action by the government.
You want to speak English to us and calculate mathematics to the populace; we don't understand English and we hate mathematics. What we know is that life is hard ,almost unbearable while you feed as kings and princes and save up for your unborn generation.
You talk about our rights as if you are doing us a favour, a government that cannot provide its people their rights cannot call the people out on their obligations
What I gather in all of these is the fact that the government does not care about their people at all. Remember what happened to the president who turned deaf ears to his people in the recent past, and take a lesson from his life.
The retarded growth of the Nigerian economy is the hand work of corruption and we individuals are not innocent of this. Almost every Nigerian has been, or is corrupt in a way or another and this does not help the nation it kills it.
My submission : The government cannot ask the people for this great sacrifice if they are doing nothing on their part to improve the living standards of the average Nigerian. I am anti subsidy removal and I am proud.
THE THINGS THAT PISS ME OFF
Empty promises; The government have got to stop this vain promises, promises we have heard before and were not kept, you repeat the same revamped speech every time you show your face on our television screens. 370,000 jobs? why say stuff like that? The promise of pay cut: you know you wont do it so why say it? promises made on education, health care, electricity and unemployment... all of these you have not kept please give me a reason to believe you corrupt heads!
1600 Buses: Really? you will give 1600 buses to the whole of Nigeria? I know you have a Ph.D. in Fisheries or what not but there should be someone intelligent on your cabinet. By the time the buses arrived 500 of them were missing...
I hope Nigerians will learn from this and never again vote for a person out of sentiment, when a man says he had no shoes please buy him a pair and keep your votes. But lets face it there was no other viable option at the time, he was the one eyed man in the town of the blind... We need God's intervention in Nigeria.