Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

The eldest son of President Bola Tinubu, Mr Seyi Tinubu, on Monday, pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience with his father’s administration as they weather the challenging economic times.

This followed protests in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, where angry youths took to the streets to decry the rising cost of living. More so, a 41-year-old man identified as David Ubaha also staged a lone protest in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, to voice his complaints over the harsh economic situation.

In the past nine months in office, President Tinubu’s economic reforms have sparked collateral instability in the value of the Naira, heaping hardship on Nigerians as food prices continue to soar.

But Seyi, in an Instagram post, rehashed his father’s words from a national broadcast to mark the 63rd Independence Day anniversary last October.

Then, Tinubu said, “There is no joy in seeing the people of this nation shoulder burdens that should have been shed years ago. I wish today’s difficulties did not exist. But we must endure if we are to reach the good side of our future.”

Seyi declared that he stands with his father and argued that the present generation “will yield the fruits of this hardship.”

The post carried hashtags such as #HaveFaithinHim, #NigeriaisinGreatHands, #OurGenerationwillYieldthefruitsofthishardship, #IStandwithOurPresident, #RenewedHope and #NigeriaismyHome.

However, Seyi’s message has been followed by mixed reactions from Nigerians. While some strongly criticised the President’s son for living opulently while demanding sacrifice from the people, others are mild with him.

A user named @King_ando1 remarked, “The most painful part is that this n*gga got a Richard Mille on his wrist while typing hardship.” The most affordable of a Richard Mill timepiece goes for about $48,000. While the Richard Mille RM 69 retails for around $750,000.

Another user named @Empresstok said, “How far are you enduring? You can say that to the masses cos you are not in their shoes.”

@ada_la_pinky simply said, “It’s hard for the masses,” while @akorede_dk quipped, “I believe you. May Allah make it easy for us.”

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