EID-EL-FITRI: Prioritising welfare of Nigerians, a must for Government – Farah Dagogo

A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dagogo D Farah, Ph.D, has implored the government of the day to as a matter of urgency prioritize the welfare of the masses as the ongoing unpleasant economic policies have increased the sufferings of most Nigerians.

He said the purchasing powers of most Nigerians have reduced drastically in the face of high cost of goods and services and ‘ unfriendly anti-people policies’ which had taken negative and deep toll on the lives of the people.

Hon. Dagogo, made this known in an Eid-el-fitri message to Muslim faithful, dated 09/04/2024, and signed by Ibrahim Lawal, the SA Media and Publicity to Hon. Dagogo D Farah, Ph.D

The former House of Representatives member posited that just as most Nigerians from other religious creed, Muslims exhibited immense patience during the Holy Month of Ramadan that preceded the Eid-el-Fitri celebration, by fasting from sunrise to sunset, and dedicating extra hours to prayers and worship.

He said Christians equally demonstrated such sacrifices for nation building as recent as the Easter celebrations.

Hon. Dagogo therefore urged Government at all levels to imbibe the teachings and lessons of the Holy periods of Easter and Ramadan, by being compassionate, reflect soberly on their actions and be better leaders.

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He expressed dismay that almost ten months down the line, Nigerians still grappled with and bore the brunt of the ill-conceived fuel subsidy removal, increasing cost of cooking gas and most recently, the hike in electricity tariffs, with clear indications that ” provision of basic amenities such as regular supply of power is out of the reach of the common man.’

Hon. Dagogo celebrated with Muslims adherents on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and celebration of Eid-el-fitri.

” I join millions of people around the globe in rejoicing with Muslims adherents on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and celebration of Eid-el-fitri. But in the right context, most Nigerian Muslims do not have the financial muscle to celebrate this Eid-el-fitri because of obnoxious anti-people policies that have taken a turn for the worse. Just as the Easter celebrations that was marred with forlorn expressions of abject misery, so does this celebration bore all resemblance.

” It is not too late for the Government to have a deep retrospection on its economic policies. I consider it a must and a matter of urgent importance for the Government to consider the welfare of the people as paramount with all policies suggesting and indicating such. These said unpleasant economic policies have turned many otherwise industrious Nigerians indigent and increase their sufferings.

” We are all still grappling and bearing the brunt of the ill-conceived fuel subsidy removal without any back up plan understanding fully well that the economy of the country revolves around it. Then, there is the increase in the cost of cooking gas and most recently hike in electricity tariffs with clear intention and directions that provision of basic amenities such as regular supply of power is out of the reach of the common man.

” And in all of these, the Government consider it important to subsidise the religion jamboree of a very few to the tune of ₦90 billion. If the welfare of the majority is truly a priority, making provision for such humongous amount of money in our current state of affairs would not have been an option, ” he added.

NIM

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