All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday appealled to Nigerians to remain calm as the government and relevant agencies continue to find solution to the fuel and cash crunch.
He lamented the scarcities in a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga.
Tinubu sympathised with the people, especially the downtrodden, who have been bearing the brunt of the new naira policy by the Central Bank and the irregular supply of petrol.
The APC flag bearer commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited for the fuel supply relief being enjoyed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), urging the company to step up its act to bring relief to the country.
He also urged the apex bank not to be dogmatic in the deadline it has fixed for the transition from old Naira notes to the new ones, especially as the unintended consequence of the policy has brought pain to Nigerians.
The former Lagos State governor said he was distressed by news of cash strapped farmers, who were selling their produce cheaply to avoid losses.
He said the dispiriting experience in the short term may be a disincentive to hardworking farmers.
Tinubu assured Nigerians that the current challenges will soon be over, urging them to avoid activities capable of causing unrest in the country, even when they are justifiably angry.
He added: “This is a challenging period in the life of our country when our people are made to stay on the line for hours to get fuel and even get their own money from the banks.
“I empathise with Nigerians across the country especially the poor masses who have been made to bear the brunt and pains of the CBN Naira policy and fuel scarcity the most.
“While government continues to work to solve these problems, let’s stay calm, maintain the peace and continue to shun and avoid any act capable of causing civil unrest and disharmony.
“What the opposition and enemies of democracy want is to create a state of national siege and tension that can disrupt the coming general elections and create an atmosphere of strife in our country.
“We must say no to them. We must be resolute and stand firm to protect our democracy by ensuring we hold our elections in a peaceful and orderly manner.
“I am in this race to bring renewed hope and prosperity to all Nigerians.
“There are no challenges that will be difficult for us as a people to surmount when we stand in unity of purpose.
“When you elect me, I will work to ensure security, economic prosperity, national unity and cohesion and we will together build a country that will be a source of joy to us all and a pride to every black person everywhere in the world.”