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Obasanjo knocks Tinubu over subsidy removal, exchange rate unification



Obasanjo knocks Tinubu over subsidy removal, exchange rate unification
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has blasted President Bola Tinubu’s over the removal of fuel subsidy and the unification of the exchange rate.

Although the former president admitted that the moves were necessary, he pointed out that the implementation of the policies were faulty at this time.

The two policies have been fingered as the causes of the current hardship in Nigeria.

Obasanjo, according to a statement issued on Sunday and made available to National Daily, by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, spoke at a colloquium titled: “Nigeria’s Development: Navigating the Way Out of the Current Economic Crisis and Insecurity” held on Saturday in Abuja.

He said: “Today, the government has taken three decisions, two of which are necessary but wrongly implemented and have led to the impoverishment of the economy and of Nigerians.

“These are the removal of subsidies, closing the gap between the black market and official rates of exchange and the third is dealing with a military coup in Niger Republic.

“The way forward is production and productivity which belief and trust in government leadership will engender. No shortcut to economic progress but hard work and sweat.”

Obasanjo also took a swipe at those against his position on the refurbished refinery in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, describing them as “sycophants and spin doctors”.

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He said such people failed to remember that the 2007 attempt to partly privatise the refineries was made after a thorough study of the situation, hence his knowledge and a better understanding of the situation before making his decision late last year.


On his assessment of President Tinubu’s administration in the 365 days, the former president called for a 25-year development agenda to put Nigeria on the path of sustainable progress.

He added: “The economy does not obey orders, not even military orders. I know that. If we get it right, in two years, we will begin to see the light beyond the tunnel. It requires a change of characteristics, attributes, and attitudes by the leadership at all levels to gain the confidence and trust of investors who have alternatives.

“Total Energy has gone to invest $6 billion in Angola instead of Nigeria. If the truth must be stated, the present administration has not found the right way to handle the economy to engender confidence and trust for investors to start trooping in.

“Tinkering with the exchange rate is not the answer. The answer is consistency and continuity in policy to ensure stability and predictability. That way, we will be sure of incentivizing domestic and foreign investment. There must be honesty and transparency in government dealings and contracts and not lying with deception about these issues. When the government is seen as pursuing the right policy, the private sector will go for production and productivity. Change is possible but it must begin with leadership.”