Pastor Tunde Bakare of Citadel Global Community Church has called upon President Bola Tinubu to reevaluate the implementation of his economic policies and reforms in a manner that would avoid exacerbating hardships for Nigerians.
Bakare expressed concern over a series of policies that the Tinubu administration has aimed to introduce, suggesting that the proposed palliatives might not adequately mitigate the adverse effects of these policies on citizens.
Instead of hastily implementing measures that could further impoverish Nigerians, Bakare recommended that the President focus on combating the deeply entrenched corruption in the nation’s political landscape.
During a State of the Nation broadcast titled ‘Vice, virtue and time: the three things that never stand still’, Bakare indicated that President Tinubu should have exercised more caution with certain economic reforms, as their poorly managed implementation has inadvertently caused chaos in the nation.
Bakare emphasized that it’s crucial for Tinubu to consider both the intended and unintended consequences before embarking on any course of action.
He highlighted the significant toll that impulsive decisions can take on Nigerians, citing the closure of around four million Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within two months following the announcement of subsidy removal.
In his address, Bakare reminded President Tinubu that the primary purpose of his government should not be to serve political allies, cater to corrupt business interests, satisfy a consumptive political class, or appease foreign powers. Rather, it should be to serve the citizens of Nigeria.
Bakare urged President Tinubu to shift his focus towards eradicating pervasive corruption within the country, rather than negatively impacting the lives of Nigerians.
He emphasized, “Mr. President, if you are truly on the side of the poor, if you are serious about the welfare of the people, if you truly want the poor to breathe, as you once said, then kill corruption, not Nigerians.”
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