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Tinubu’s Promises on Inflation Fall Short of Addressing Masses’ Concerns

Toba Owojaiye reporting

Abuja, Nigeria

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s recent assurances regarding Nigeria’s inflation crisis have left many skeptical, especially amidst growing economic woes faced by the populace.

Tinubu, speaking at the State House during a gathering of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council for the 2024 Ramadan Iftar, pledged to tackle the nation’s inflationary pressures. However, his words have been met with doubt and criticism from various quarters.

Truth Live News reports that since the implementation of significant economic policies under Tinubu’s tenure, such as the removal of petrol subsidies and the unification of the exchange rate in 2023, Nigeria has experienced a relentless surge in inflation rates. Recent figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveal a worrying escalation, with inflation reaching 31.7 per cent in February 2024, up from 29.9 per cent the previous month.

Despite acknowledging the severity of the situation, Tinubu remains optimistic about Nigeria’s economic future, citing improvements in revenue generation. He emphasizes the need for hard work and dedication to fulfill campaign promises. However, such rhetoric offers little solace to Nigerians grappling with the daily realities of rising prices and dwindling purchasing power.

Tinubu’s reassurances about mitigating inflation and enhancing revenue streams ring hollow to many. Critics argue that the burden of economic reforms disproportionately falls on the shoulders of the masses, while the elite remain largely unaffected. The recent increase in tariffs, primarily targeting top consumer categories (Band A), has sparked panic among ordinary citizens, exacerbating speculatory inflation and further squeezing household budgets.

Amidst Tinubu’s promises of hope and resilience, questions linger about the fairness and effectiveness of his economic policies. Many wonder why the brunt of austerity measures is borne by the common people, while the wealthy continue to enjoy their privileges relatively unscathed.

As Nigeria grapples with economic uncertainty, it is clear that mere rhetoric from the ruling party is insufficient to address the pressing needs of the populace. Tangible action, equitable policies, and genuine empathy for the struggles of ordinary Nigerians are essential to charting a path towards true economic prosperity and social justice.



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