Again, Tinubu Threatens to Dismiss Underperforming Ministers As His Administration Receives Criticisms.

I thank the cabinet members for their efforts,” Mr. Tinubu said on Thursday, “but I will relieve any of them of their duties anytime I feel that they are failing Nigerians.”

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu made this statement on Thursday, while hosting members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

On May 29, President Tinubu marked his first year in office. Due to widespread criticism of his administration, he issued a warning about dismissing underperforming ministers whilst Nigerians were trending #TinubuOneYearOfFailure showing their frustrations over low standard of living and economic difficulties that has led to so many bad omens including hyke in food prices amidst many other things in Nigeria under his administration.

Although economic challenges existed before Mr. Tinubu’s presidency, his policies of removing the fuel subsidy and allowing the naira to float have caused fuel prices to surge from N145 to N710, while the naira has depreciated significantly, now trading at around N1,500 to the dollar.

Economic experts and the International Monetary Fund have praised Mr. Tinubu’s policies as bold steps. However, the skyrocketing food prices under his administration have led to protests in various locations, including Niger, Osun, Ibadan, and Lagos States, Mr. Tinubu’s home state, as citizens voiced their grievances over the country’s hardships.

Various market surveys by Ebonyi City News revealed that food prices have more than tripled nationwide since Mr. Tinubu took office on May 29, 2024, making corruption the other of the day as the poor masses seeks to find how to sustain life as was the case in March, when at government-owned warehouse in Abuja was looted, and residents seized food items. Additionally, in Suleja and Zaria, trucks transporting food were attacked and looted as widespread hunger continued to affect the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar criticized Mr. Tinubu, saying that in one year, he has worsened the dire economic conditions, poverty, misery, and unemployment left by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Under Tinubu’s leadership, “all the economic ills—joblessness, poverty, and misery—that defined the Buhari administration have only worsened,” said Mr. Abubakar, who ran against Mr. Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.

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