Don’t Escalate Tensions In Nigeria With Nationwide Protest – Afenifere Leader Fasoranti

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*Says “Let us engage in constructive dialogue, contribute positively”

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Pan Yoruba socio political and cultural organization Afenifere on 

Sunday urged Nigerians not to escalate the tensions in the country with the planned nationwide protest.

National Leader of Afenifere, and leader of the Yoruba, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in a statement called on Nigerians to rather exercise patience and refrain from engaging in protests or actions that may escalate tensions.

The Afenifere leader emphasized that “while acknowledging the hardships faced by our people, it is important to recognise that these economic measures, although difficult, are part of a larger strategy aimed at fostering long-term economic stability”. 

Pa Fasoranti maintained that the government’s commitment to implementing these measures ” is a testament to its dedication to addressing the root causes of our economic challenges, inherited from the ills of the previous years”. 

He stressed” As the National Leader of Afenifere, and leader of the Yoruba, I address all and sundry today with a deep understanding of the challenges facing our dear country at this critical time”. 

” The outcry over the hardship, hunger, and price hikes is not unexpected, yet we must come to terms with the realities of our national challenges which the present administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is striving to resolve. While acknowledging the hardships faced by our people, it is important to recognise that these economic measures, although difficult, are part of a larger strategy aimed at fostering long-term economic stability”, he said 

Pa Fasoranti added, “The government’s commitment to implementing these measures is a testament to its dedication to addressing the root causes of our economic challenges, inherited from the ills of the previous years. As a  responsible leader, I appeal to every Yoruba man and woman, young and old, and our fellow citizens across the nationalities, to exercise patience and refrain from engaging in protests or actions that may escalate tensions,”.

” Understandably, the immediate impact of these economic reforms is challenging to everyone, but it is crucial to allow the government the necessary time to realise the intended benefits. It is important to note that the removal of fuel subsidies and the floating of the Naira was not undertaken lightly, as we all know the great damage done to our national prosperity through the nefarious activities of the agents of darkness within the oil and financial sectors’. 

The Afenifere leader noted that these measures by the Federal Government, though painful in the short term, are designed to create a more sustainable economic environment that will benefit us all, saying, “in the long run. It requires collective understanding and resilience from every citizen as we navigate through these challenging times”. 

Pa Fasoranti declared further, “We cannot afford a preference for the euthanasic approach of painless death of our nation, where we are propped up with loans and subsidies until a total collapse into a failed nation, while we have the opportunity of painful healing through treatment with multiple surgeries that will guarantee not just our survival, but restored health, vigour and thriving life. 

” We must endure today’s hardship for tomorrow’s prosperity.

I implore you to trust in the government’s commitment to the welfare of our nation. Let us engage in constructive dialogue and contribute positively to the ongoing economic reforms. Join me in appealing for unity and understanding among our people. Together, we can weather this storm and emerge stronger as a nation. I want to assure you as the Leader of Afenifere, that we are actively engaging with the government to address the concerns of our people. Let us remain steadfast, patient, and united in the face of these challenges, confident that our collective resilience will pave the way for a more prosperous future.”

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