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#IStandWithNigeria: “To those who are protesting, WE HEAR YOU loud and clear” – Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo

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Yemi Osinbajo declaring a Public Consultative Forum on Nigeria Economy Recovery & Growth Plan open

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the #IStandWithNigeria Protests that took place nationwide.

Osinbajo, while declaring a Public Consultative Forum on Nigeria Economy Recovery & Growth Plan #NERGP open, said that the government has heard the demands of the protesters, adding that it is working “day and night” to make life easier for Nigerians.

Osinbajo said:

To those who are protesting, WE HEAR YOU loud and clear.

To those who are on the streets protesting the economic situation & those who are not, but feel the pain of economic hardship, we hear you.

You deserve a decent life and and we are working night and day to make life easier.

33 Comments

  1. Benson Ossai

    February 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    APC government do something,do something not just hearing loud and clear.If you guys can not amend Nigeria a little bit from the wear and tear of those years no need to be at the villa.We are looking for magicians i tot you guys said that APC guys are magicians during JONA easier said than done.Do something we siddon dey look.

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Story story, storry, there lives a country, country… Fools

    • Anne

      February 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      At least we see wisdom. His is not just supporting his boss like some unwise people.

    • Damilola

      February 7, 2017 at 12:28 am

      The hard truth is, Nigeria’s problems goes beyond political parties now. None of these politicians mean what they say, APC said what they needed to say to get the votes. Both parties are the same recycled crooked, evil bastards. It’s dirty politics. Unfortunately, the people suffer the most.
      It’s time for Nigerians collectively to really sit down and think of pragmatic solutions. This recession, economic collapse was inevitable. How long is Nigeria going to patch things before it completely falls into shambles.
      During Jonathan’s time, the country was living on credit(basically you enjoy it while it last), those connected to the government were living good life but the real problems were not solved. It looked good on the surface. The only positive thing about the last administration is the fact that Nigerians were given the freedom to protest. There was harsh criticism of Jonathan. It seems like Buhari has found a way to censor, buy, bully the media which is quite disturbing. This is looking more like a military regime.

  2. Curious

    February 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I don’t even think Prof. Osinbajo knows the current health status of the president. Lets see how things play out

  3. Xristybabes

    February 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    no be hearing loud and clear.we need action now!!!!!

  4. We r fed up

    February 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    We know u can hear us but we need something to be done. We r tired

  5. Naina

    February 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    ‘I belong to everybody but i belong to nobody’

  6. tunmi

    February 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Okay ?

  7. Miss Pee

    February 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    We know you’re working. you’ve been “working” since 2015 and probably still be “working” since 2019 can you please tell us HOW you are working and WHAT you are doing?

    • nene+

      February 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      This would have been a time to act had his principal not saturated every where with his ferocious kinsmen! Anyways Osibajo can learn being a president by confirming Walter and discharging Adeosun ASAP before his masters resumption. My tots among many are others!

    • gbaskelebo still evolving

      February 6, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      So on point!

  8. survivor

    February 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Y are people still talking about Jona here..he had served for six years n gone.Everyone could not v voted for gej.The likes of Reno don’t want d country to even get better now that PDP s no longer on d seat so dat people ll keep praising them(PDP) for good governance. This problem has started long ago since independence..If VP should b our president tomorrow by God’s grace will d country get better?the southerners e.g (ibori)will praise their leader for looting, the northerners do d same too(abacha)..so wen will this dependent country get better?I even wish the colonial masters can come bk cos these leaders are being recycled. If a youth want to vote now he will b looking for money before he votes…wat nonsense s this.?An Igbo man imported guns in contaers,those guns might end in the hands of Fulani’s then they start killing his brothers all he knows that he had made money..fakes products all over the country. If buhari death will solve this country s problem then he should just die jejely or better for him to design (which is hard for African leaders to do) they will rather die than resign.I pray the protest yield positive result.

    • Nuna

      February 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      You are all over the place. I cant even make sense out of what you just typed.

    • survivor

      February 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      @nuna ur opinion,if my comment give u head ache waka pass na.don’t let me call u anofia o!silly buly

    • Nuna

      February 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Do you even know what a bully is? Or did you just use the word because it sounds nice.
      Learn to articulate your thoughts. This is an interactive forum

  9. Pink

    February 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    “we are working night and day to make life easier.” Please what are they doing? WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY DOING? Abeg abeg abeg, don’t table the usual VAGUENESS to provide the illusion that the government is doing something. Vagueness is a tool you government people use to silence us. Like WTF? ENOUGH ALREADY! TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING, WE WANT TO BE THE JUDGE OF THE EXPECTED OUTCOME OF WETIN UNA DEY DO! #OurMumyDOnDO #SpeakUpNaija #WeDemandAction

  10. Ottawa Queen

    February 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Osibanjo, Who is “WE”?? You alone, cannot take charge of the needs of our country or hearken to our pleas. If the FG government does not come together for a total reform, no change would be evident in the economy. So please clarify who “WE” is…..I sha hope Buhari is not a part anyways.

    • Ade

      February 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Some questions for u since your name indicates you maybe living in Canada. What is the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar to the US dollar, pre and post the crash in oil prices? What is happening to the jobs and economy of Alberta because of the crash in oil prices? Now translate your answer to a Macro scale in a country like Nigeria without infrastructure or alternative means of earning foreign exchange? What happened to most Canadian manufacturers that have to compete with competitors across the boarder in the USA since the fall in oil prices?

      Your answers will start to give you an idea of our dire state as a nation. Waiting in earnest for your response.

    • Ottawa Queen

      February 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      You should realize I totally stand with Nigeria at the moment and not against it. I may not be residing in Nigeria but I am also affected indirectly by the harsh occurrences going on there and I oppose the present government. So you are definitely asking the wrong questions sir, that need no answers.

    • Ade

      February 6, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      @ the Ottawa queen. Basically just say that you have no idea of what is happening in the country you live in, hence you can’t link it with some of the situations in Nigeria. We all stand with Nigeria just like ages past. At thesame time, opposing the present government should not close your eyes to logic. Opposing the government should not be your fuel, this makes your thinking one directional.

      No one loves what is going on in the country, however, people must realize that hatred will not get us out of our paralyzed state. This is not the season of scoring cheap points because of sentiments, it is time for rational analysis which will enable us to know that the road ahead is tough and long. I dare say with the present global economic outlook for nations like Nigeria, no government can fix it immediately and there is no fix it policy that solves our problems overnight. Charles Soludo painted the image of today’s economic issues clearly in 2014, but we pushed it away. For those that want to lay on the bed of criticism at all cost, my post is not in defence of Buhari or any other government official, Buhari’s nepotism is one of his great failures but to push the bulk of every problem on this government is speaking from a preconceived mindset. God bless all Nigerians.

    • Tres chic

      February 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Ade but Nigeria has more problems than foreign exchange, what about insecurity and high cost of governance? Also what plans is this administration making to resolve or even reduce the foreign exchange problem? I don’t see any plans in place, are they waiting until the naira is 1000 to a dollar? Like you mentioned whatever happened in Alberta is happening on a macro sale in Nigeria, all the more reason why we need to be very proactive and quick too. A whole contry is in trouble not a provnice and if the government is not doing anything about it then maybe Nigerians need to stop being docile and give them the push they need. It has been 2 years of support since things went downhill and still no action or plans in place

    • ade

      February 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      @Tres chic, thank you for your coherent response, I hope I can respond appropriately. In regards to your answer about insecurity and high cost of governance. This present government met a war on inception and they have all done well in regard to Boko haram. The new dimension of insecurity is the Fulani herdsmen and religious killings. It is unfortunate that, Nigerians are always suspecting one another, I have heard people say the president is supporting them because he is Fulani, I don’t think any sane president will ever support murder. Religious killings have been a reoccurrence event in Nigeria from Jos, riots when Nigeria was to host miss world, southern kaduna killings in 2011 and to the recent one. What led to this religious issues stem from when Obasanjo gave the northerners sharia law in order to get his 3rd term agenda. My reason for giving this examples is to show we have always had insecurity issues mostly due to religious problems. However, the government can do more and should do more but we all know the Nigerian police force is nothing to write home about.

      In regards to the exchange rate, we have always pegged the Naira against the dollar, with this system you continously defend the Naira with the US dollars, mostly from the foreign exchange we earn. However, low oil price coupled with massive vandalism means no foreign exchange to defend the Naira, leading to excessive pressure on it. Nigeria’s economy is is presently suffering from cancer and there is no easy and proven way to get rid of cancer, you keep changing tne dose of chemotherapy and hope it responds to treatment. By the way there are some plans in place, which is to stimulate the economy by massive investment in infrastructure, that is why we need to borrow, borrowing is good if it will be put on energy and infrastructure and not on luxury cars. If we can stimulate the economy just like the way the Americans did, we will have a way out. It is just a difficult mission for Nigeria as the Americans spent over $300 billion dollars while our total savings as a county is $27.8 billion (as at last week Friday). The purpose of saying this is to show that our situation is chronic and challenges are huge and it is going to take time, probably beyond this administration.

      Lastly, about a whole country being in trouble: Yes we are, because other countries have multiple trade bases to earn foreign exchange but we have been lazy because oil money accrude daily without much work. Other countries have developed mining industry m, manufacturing, taxation system built over decades. Do we have this? A robust economic base gives you a shock proof when everything fails. Nigeria still imports fish!

      There are solutions to our problem but it will take time. We have to start engaging the private sector immediately by giving them massive rebates as we urgently need them. Electricity and other infrastructures are run by the private sector in developed countries.

      Secondly, we need a road map for agriculture across each geographical zone. This will create food self sufficiency and reduced pressure on the Naira. We imported rice with $24.5 billion dollars from 2010 to 2015. Imagine, the jobs we are giving to counties lien Thailand and what we could have done other that amount of money.

      More to say but it is time to drive home from work.

      Disclaimer: I don’t work for the government, neither do I have any interest in the present government before my opinions are translated as support for the present government. God bless Nigerians.

  11. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    February 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mr. Yemi Oshibajo. This is what Democracy is all about. “The only way forward for Nigeria.”

  12. Lol

    February 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Let’s hope some house of cards stuff plays out here

  13. Ouch!

    February 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Na today?……….keep working work wey no dey ever get positive result. Abeg TurnDownWork and TurnUpResult

  14. Otinkpu

    February 6, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Really!!! You are working night and day but the president is on an extended vacation in London for medical check-up. Can you give me a freaking break. Your administration cannot even tell the people the truth about the president. How do you expect us to believe anything else that is said.

  15. Bowl

    February 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    O di egwu.Ndi nwuru anwu na-ga Ije !

  16. Ist timer

    February 7, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Mr workaholic, we know you are not deaf.

  17. tunmi

    February 7, 2017 at 2:48 am

    @ade,you got it

    “There are solutions to our problem but it will take time. We have to start engaging the private sector immediately by giving them massive rebates as we urgently need them. Electricity and other infrastructures are run by the private sector in developed countries.”

  18. Middle Aged Profnl

    February 7, 2017 at 5:16 am

    @ade, thank you so much for your logical and brilliant analysis of our current issues. It’s really so refreshing given the shallow comments I read on Bella. You are spot on, Charles Soludo did predict the current situation in his 2015 article. His prediction is unfolding to the letter. My challenge is the reason we have square pegs in round holes in Nigeria. We have capable and competent people, yet we keep relying on mediocre Nigerians at all levels of Govt in Nigeria. The situation cannot and will not improve, until we start engaging our best talent. Singapore is a stellar example.

  19. Abi

    February 7, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Dollar is 1m? And so?
    It’s irritating how this comparison is bandied around. Ask yourself why it matters.

  20. Abi

    February 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    What is China’s currency and how is faring against the dollar?
    We don’t need foreign exchange. Give us electricity and a working infrastructure so we can begin to produce.
    I don’t know why Nigerians are constantly bleating about what the government should be doing. Those of you who live in the U.K and US; these countries were made great by the innovations of their citizens. And during times of serfdoms, zero legal systems and insecurities that Nigerians would shudder at.
    Barely a year ago there was a shortage of tomatoes because the very few growers suffered infestations. Nigerians complained. Blamed the government. The crisis ended. Now what were the lessons learned? Did the so called sharp Nigerians create more tomato farms to mitigate any future reoccurrence? Of course not. They just found something else to complain about.

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