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Social Media user tackles presidential spokesman on Nigeria’s economic policies

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In the wake of presidential spokesman Bayo Onanuga’s rebuttal of a New York Times article on Nigeria’s economic situation, social media user Evangeline Chinyere has voiced her concerns on the X platform, providing a detailed critique of Onanuga’s response.

Chinyere thanked Onanuga for his detailed rejoinder but pointed out several critical issues she believes were overlooked.

“While it is true that President Tinubu inherited a challenging economic situation, your response seems to overlook several critical issues and fails to fully address the concerns raised in the article,” she wrote.

She acknowledged the significance of removing the fuel subsidy and unifying exchange rates but emphasized that these policies have resulted in severe short-term hardships for ordinary Nigerians.

“The report highlighted the immediate impact on the cost of living, which your rejoinder seems to downplay,” Chinyere noted.

Despite the government’s commendable efforts to stabilize the economy and address food inflation, many Nigerians continue to grapple with skyrocketing prices and decreased purchasing power.

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Chinyere further criticized Onanuga’s emphasis on potential long-term benefits and external loans, arguing that these do not adequately address the pressing daily realities faced by citizens.

“The trade surplus and increased investor confidence are positive signs, but these macroeconomic indicators do not necessarily translate into improved living standards for the average Nigerian,” she remarked.

She also highlighted that comparing Nigeria’s economic challenges to those of other countries does not mitigate the unique difficulties Nigeria faces, nor does it justify the lack of immediate relief measures for those most affected by the economic policies.

“The administration’s strategies might be well-intentioned, but without swift and effective measures to alleviate the burden on the populace, the credibility and trust in the government’s ability to manage the economy will remain under scrutiny,” Chinyere warned.

Chinyere called for a more balanced approach from the Tinubu administration. “While the steps taken by President Tinubu’s administration may be necessary for long-term stability, there needs to be a more balanced approach that also addresses the urgent needs of Nigerians, who are currently bearing the brunt of these economic reforms,” she concluded.

Chinyere’s critique has sparked further debate on social media, highlighting the growing concern among Nigerians about the immediate impact of economic reforms and the need for measures that directly address their daily challenges.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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