President Bola Tinubu acknowledged that there is no easy solution to the numerous challenges facing Nigeria.
He urged Nigerians to endure and persevere in the midst of the economic hardship caused by the removal of petroleum subsidy.
Speaking at an event in Abuja, Tinubu compared the country’s situation to the pain of childbirth, but expressed hope that there will be joy after the struggle.
He also expressed confidence that the government’s palliative measures will help alleviate the hardships faced by the people.
The event marked the unveiling of Chief Edwin Clark’s autobiography, which covers his journey as a teacher, commissioner, minister, senator, and national activist spanning several decades.
Tinubu, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator George Akume, said it’s imperative for Nigerians to bear the suffering of today in order to enjoy the prosperity of the future.
He described Clark as someone, who belongs to the very rare form of extra-ordinary men, the Iroko of South-South and the Eagle of Nigeria.
Akume said, “He (Tinubu) has also asked me to tell this gathering that we are going through a difficult phase in the history of this country. But these pains are pains of birth, birth of a new nation. And that if you want to celebrate a child, a baby, the mother must go through some pains.
“But at the end of the day, there is joy. There is merriment when the baby arrives. And we will certainly be there.
“Solutions to problems can never be as instant as coffee. But we must certainly be there. I know the removal of fuel subsidy has created some things. And that is why palliatives are being put in place, 100 trucks of fertilizers have been sent to the states, 100 trucks of grains have been sent and more are coming and more buses are also coming.
“We can endure this for a moment. What we’re going through today is for a better tomorrow. Nations are great because citizens have hope. They have hope that tomorrow will be better than today.