As part of the activities marking the 2023 Democracy Day on Monday, President Bola Tinubu inspected a Guard of Honour at the forecourt of the state house in Abuja
In attendance are Vice President Kashim Shettima, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume amongst others.
Earlier in his democracy day speech on Monday morning, Tinubu promised to ease the subsidy removal pains being witnessed by Nigerians following the fuel subsidy removal.
The President, who claimed to understand the suffering of Nigerians, maintained that the temporary hardship was required to prevent the nation from imploding.
“It is for this reason that, in my inauguration address on May 29, I gave effect to the decision taken by my predecessor-in-office to remove the fuel subsidy albatross and free up for collective use the much-needed resources, which had hitherto been pocketed by a few rich.
“I admit that the decision will impose an extra burden on the masses of our people. Painfully, I have asked you, my compatriots, to sacrifice a little more for the survival of our country.
“For your trust and belief in us, I assure you that your sacrifice shall not be in vain. The government I lead will repay you through massive investment in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare, and other public utilities that will improve the quality of lives,” he said.