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June 12: Osun CSO decries worsening economy

…Says Nigeria still in the dark after 31 years

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

The Osun Civil Societies Coalition has decried the suffering and worsening economic hardship Nigerians are enduring, asking President Ahmed Tinubu to quickly address the situation before it gets out of hand.

The group, in a procession in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, said the present leadership of President Tinubu is creating more poverty and penury among Nigerians, which, if not properly addressed, will result in a serious hunger protest.

The procession went through Ayetoro, Osogbo, Igbonna, Old Garage, Olaiya, and ended at Adolak Event Hall.

According to the group, “It is 31 years since the twist of fate and the historic June 12, 1993, presidential election annulment, which is still fresh in our memory, adding that the country is still in dark days.

“The annulment has remained a murdered opportunity to set Nigeria on the right track for all-encompassing development. The annulment is an albatross on the state and non-state actors. It denied Nigerians and Nigeria the government that would have ensured prosperity and life more abundant for all. May God rest the soul of the symbol of our democracy, Bashorun MKO Abiola.

“It is unfortunate that MKO’s manifestos, which are the provision of basic amenities and mass prosperity, are still elusive 31 years after. Besides, the lessons and gains of June 12 appear to be missing in the corridors of power at all levels, making the government persistently take Nigerians for granted.

“Nigeria’s rulers across the divide appear to have learned nothing and forgotten everything. Unfortunately, continuous decades of bad governance by unpatriotic and self-centred elite, military and civilian leadership that cut across all tribes and religions, have produced exploitation, oppression, poverty, misery, injustice, hopelessness, insecurity, banditry, and violent death as majorly being experienced by the common masses all over the country!

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“Currently, Nigerians are going through worsening economic hardship that is creating more poverty and penury. The administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, through its World Bank and IMF teleguided economic policies, has continued to unleash hardship on Nigerians.

“The removal of subsidy, increase in electricity tariff, and devaluation of the Naira have cast a shadow over the economic stability of Nigeria. This is hampering productivity and killing Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, taking away the purchasing power of the Nigerian people, creating hunger, starvation, and skyrocketing prices of foodstuffs and essential commodities, among other woes.

“The worst of the agonies is the ongoing food crisis where staple foods have been priced out of the reach of the common people.

“It is now clear that no political party or political actor, even of the best substance, can deliver any change, so long as the erroneous warped system remains in place. It has gone beyond the issue of personal integrity or sincerity of good intention or the EMILOKAN mantra. Our present system is corrupt, and our institutions are weak.

“We are using this June 12 occasion to call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to descend from the ladder of the World Bank, IMF, and other international institutions influencing his government. Mr. President, please save the country and Nigerians from the unleashed hunger and poverty.

“We demand an egalitarian society, where equity, fairness, and prosperity for all are guaranteed.”

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