The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has called on the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to give President Bola Tinubu the time needed to give quality governance to the country.
The royal father who made this appeal while speaking with newsmen during the 2023 Festival of God held at his palace in Iwo, where religious leaders gathered to pray for leaders in the country and also praised God, urged the NLC not to weaponise strike action against the government of President Tinubu.
Oba Akanbi urged the NLC under the leadership of Comrade Joe Ajaero and Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s government so that he could prove himself.
He said: “We know that things are tough for Nigerians, but NLC should know that this present government is not the one that created this hardship and that is why Nigerians need to be patient with the government of President Bola Tinubu, let him prove himself, he has put capable hands in his government.
“We have seen him talking about the problems of this country eloquently, this means it is on his heart to resolve them. I trust and I believe that this present government of Bola Tinubu meant well. He has taken the bull by the horns. Many have led the country and lack the boldness to do what he did by removing the fuel subsidy. This is just a temporary hardship, subsidy is not for the poor man. No country in the world subsidizes fuel, what should be subsidised is housing and transportation.
“NLC should be patient so that we can have a clear head to take the country forward. We are talking to the president because we are close to our people. If this government does something wrong I will be the first person to criticize the president or any governor, nobody can dethrone me, you can see that I am celebrating God who is who cannot be dethrone.”
He however added that NLC should keep the president on its toes by reminding him of his responsibilities, noting that “NLC should not strike nor ground the country but let him know that he must do the bidding of Nigerians.”
On his part, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamonsi said: “If our past leaders had been removing the fuel subsidy gradually, it would not have a harsh effect the way it does now.
“I have the belief that Tinubu will improve the economy of the nation and perform more than our expectations.
“We need to pray for him, it is not healthy to throw abuses on him.”