BY VINCENT UJUMADU, Awka
A FORMER member of House of Representatives, Chief Chukwuma Umeoji has appealed to Nigerians to accept the removal of fuel subsidy in good fate, arguing that it is something that had to be done in the interest of the country’s economic growth.
In a statement in Awka, Umeoji, who represented Aguata federal constituency in the immediate past national assembly, expressed optimism that Nigerians would smile better in the long run, adding that the sacrifices to be made in the interim would eventually pay off.
He said: “The removal of fuel subsidy undoubtedly is not popular among the Nigerian people, but it is a necessary evil for greater good. President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended for the courage to do that which is right to safeguard the future of our children. Advanced societies were built on sacrifices. Let Nigerians not because of immediate pain fail to do that which is necessary.
“The NLC, TUC and the Civil Societies should shelve whatever action they want to take on the removal of fuel subsidy. The political conditions on the ground today are not conducive for any form of demonstration.
” All Nigerians should unite to douse the tension in the polity. The Nigerian state is at a cross road due to terrorism and sectarian violence. There is high ethnic and religious tension in the land. Nigeria is standing on a precipice and any slightest push would slide us into anarchy.
“All patriotic Nigerians should stand by President Jonathan at this trying moment. It is very clear that he meant well for Nigerians. Those threatening to shut down Nigeria and make it ungovernable might play into the hands of the anti-democratic forces that want the violent change of the regime of President Jonathan and truncate democracy. The President needs support of the people not criticism.”