R-L; Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, SGF. Babachir David Lawal and Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, and Head of Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita as Acting President Presides over FEC meeting at the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja. 1ST FEB 2017. PHOTO: NOVO ISIORO.

Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has sent a message to Nigerians who took to the street on Monday to protest against hardship under his leadership and that President Muhammadu Buhari, telling them, “we hear you loud and clear”.

Mr. Osinbajo made the remarks on Monday at a consultative forum between the Economic Management Team and the Private Sector on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is to be launched later this month.

“We hear you loud and clear, those who are on the streets protesting the economic situation and even those who are not, but feel the pain of economic hardship,” Mr. Osinbajo was quoted as saying, according to his Facebook post and a statement sent to Simonateba.com.

“We hear you loud and clear. You deserve a decent life and we are working night and day to make life easier”

But Mr. Osinbajo argued that the journey out of the damage caused by years of neglect and corruption is bound to be difficult.

“But there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel. Let us work together, steadfastly and patiently for the economic change that will come very soon,” he pleaded.

The Acting President also recalled the words of President Buhari, a few months ago when he said:

“I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis, the recession for many individuals and families is real. For some it means not being able to pay school fees, for others it is not being able to afford the high cost of rice, millet, or of local or international travel. And for many of our young people the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university or polytechnic. I know how difficult things are, and how rough business is. All my adult life I have always earned a salary, and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough. In every part of our nation people are making incredible sacrifices.”

Some Nigerians took to the street on Monday to stage ONE VOICE (We Stand With Nigeria) protest against hardship in the land.

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