On Fuel Subsidy Removal

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I suppose that one of the most beautiful part of my work as a journalist is going to the people and feeling their pulse

As we went about filming and getting responses from the people, they were quite some unpopular opinions

A man at the market kept saying “I wan talk, I wan talk“ which translates to I want to speak. And of course I obliged him. And he said “this thing wey president talk Naim better pass. Make them remove am, make politicians no see where to steal money again. We go suffer now, but we go enjoy after. His thoughts are “the president’s decision to remove the subsidy is the best. Politicians won’t find ways to steal money. We are suffering now but in the long run, we would enjoy“

Another cut him short to say “how much you pay for bus come market today? How much you don sell today? Why dem no increase minimum wage for people wey dey work and salaries or put some things in place before that yeye announcement?. Nigerians like to suffer sha. We go adjust“ Again it translates to “how much did you pay for transportation today? How much of sales have you made today? Why did the government not increase the minimum wage or salaries and put some things in place before making that “senseless“ announcement? Nigerians like suffering. We would adjust“

And I am wondering seem like the ordinary people seem to have an idea what could be possible solutions already so why not the government? Or those at the helm of the affairs?

Well, the details will be in my next report for DW News soon

Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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