The Bola Tinubu-led administration has been urged to take concrete steps to address the endemic poverty in Nigeria.
A prominent author, teacher, and blogger, Muhsin Ibrahim, made the suggestion on Monday, July 3.
He stated that if the issue is not addressed, authorities in the country may have to deal with an insurrection by the populace.
”I don’t encourage insurrection of any sort, but the government’s apathy is too much. There are unemployed and unemployable youths nationwide. I spend considerable time thinking about some folks in my life. How people survive can be a Ph.D. topic.
”The earlier the government reverses some of its anti-masses, neoliberal economic policies or introduces initiatives to alleviate poverty, the better.
”Otherwise, no security apparatus cannot contain what may happen if the masses revolt. EndSARS protests should have taught us/them a big lesson. There is a limit to what people can endure!”
The lecturer at the University of Cologne accused those in the authority of not reducing the cost of governance, despite the country’s dire economic challenges.
”As it has been revealed, the government has not reduced the cost of governance. Just last week, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, appointed 33 personal aides!
”How many have the President and other top government officials? These are the tip of the iceberg of profligacy in running an unnecessarily expensive government in Nigeria,” he queried.
He also compared how the German government is taking care of people with low income in the country and wondered why their counterparts in Nigeria are not doing the same.
”In contrast, the German government has been busy subsidising energy costs for industries, rent for low-income families, and transport for EVERYONE, among other mitigants, to make life easier for us, thanks to the war in Ukraine.
”There is so far NOTHING of this nature in Nigeria. How does the Tinubu-led admin want people to survive?” he asked.