In light of the recent developments and ensuing civil unrest in our dear country, we have taken it upon ourselves to write you this not-so-long letter to inform you of our grievances as a people and to point out what we deem a better approach to the issues of fuel subsidy removal and corruption in our society.
While some of us understand the need for eventual total removal of fuel subsidy, we cannot understand why it had to be so sudden nor why you decided not to put buffers in place to help break our fall.
Mr. President, did you know that the cost of our inadequate education went far up last year? did you know about the constantly rising building and housing costs? Did you hear about rising medical costs? (If not, fire all your advisers) but I know you knew that feeding cost would increase as you increased duty fees on the importation of rice and wheat without giving us alternatives! That’s me hoping you seriously don’t expect cassava bread to make the list of alternatives, at least I’m sure that’s not what your family and friends will now spend N 3,000,000/day on. (What are you people eating?!!!). Oh, I almost forgot the cleverly set-up new vehicle license registration cost at N30,000 that all vehicle owners have to put up sometimes this year.
In the middle of all these, you have decided to triple, yet again, the cost of living of all Nigerians because you think Nigeria is broke! Mr. President, just how broke can we be if your annual food budget rose to N1billion, your garden care budget was pegged at N200million, your darling wife spent N5billion fixing an office, and the senate president takes home more than N600million per annum, among other wastages. Why does it have to be the masses that will make the sacrifice or pay for government ineptitude at ensuring there will be no corruption when subsidy is being given out? Is there truly no other way to check it? And does it have to happen right now?
Mr. President, where are the buffers that should have been in place long before you ‘yanked our tooth like a wicked dentist’? Where is the functional rail system that would make us not even feel the hike in our transportation? Where are the refineries and fuel transportation channels (not roads, sir) with which we wont have to wait for ever to reap the fruits of our “subsidy removal sacrifice”? Where are the farms/farm support to help us produce food at cheaper rates? Where are the government policies that would bring up our small/medium scale businesses and would thereby increase our employment rate thus reducing the poverty rate in the country?
Instead of these, you have decided to bring us 1,600 diesel-powered buses!!! Who brought this idea to you, sir? Not fit to be named among your advisers, I dare say! How many of the buses would go to each state? How much of the populace will they move accross town in a day? I pray this is a joke, sir!
You would do ALL of us a favour to go to that drawing board you have probably never used and give us some cushions before removing fuel subsidy. Bring it back when Nigerians can afford it, sir, for we will not take these anti-people policies from you anymore.
My name is Akosile Olubunmi. I’m not trying to be a hero. I just want better governance.