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Why Tinubu intervenes in escalating crises in states –Presidency

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

*The Federal Government defends President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s intervention in recent political crises in Ondo and Rivers states, stating Nigerians expect Tinubu’s administration to offer ‘responsible leadership’ to the West African country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Presidency has said the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration will continue to intervene in any states of the Federation battling political crises, especially if such development will affect the entire country.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who stated this Monday, December 25, 2023, while featuring in a Channels TV programme, monitored in Lagos, explained why President Tinubu has had to intervene in recent political crises in Ondo and Rivers States.

According to the Presidential media aide, despite criticisms claiming Tinubu’s actions have undermined the affected state governments, Ngelale, however, noted that such interventions by Tinubu were in the right direction.

He also stated: “That has nothing to do with, of course, political development, destabilisation of a particular region or state or subnational entity that could potentially turn into a national conflagration.

“If the President sees that, he is not going to sit by as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and fold his hands and keep quiet. I think that is what he has done.”

Nigerians expect Tinubu’s government to offer responsible leadership to the country.

“That is to say if you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and your primary objective is to make sure that the Nigerian people are safe; that they are able to operate in an environment that is stable and does not place them in any form of insecurity.

“Then, you know that if a political crisis is devolving into something that is generating man-made insecurity, the President needs to step in and he has taken that wise decision to step in,.”

On impacts of fuel subsidy removal on consumers

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity as well touched on other national issues, including the far-reaching effects of the fuel subsidy removal and the rising costs of living for millions of Nigerian consumers.

While acknowledging the fact that the current administration in the country inherited several economic challenges, Ngelale affirmed that Tinubu is putting things in place to tackle the socio-economic issues.

He further said: “You combine all of these factors, obviously, our debt burden is another factor. You would know there is no easy fix; there is no magic wand solution to this. There is going to be pain before pleasure.

“There is going to be sacrifice before there is an ultimate outcome that all of us cannot only be proud of but can thrive in.”

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