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Tinubu’s First Week: Hardships Rise, Media Turns Blind Eye

The tumultuous first week of President Tinubu’s administration in Nigeria, marked by escalating hardships and a media seemingly turning a blind eye to the unfolding crisis.



Tinubu's First Week: Hardships Rise, Media Turns Blind Eye

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In a nation where the citizenry expected a change in leadership to usher in a respite from the woes they’ve become all too familiar with, President Bola Tinubu‘s first week in office has presented a gloomier reality.

This is the new Nigeria under President Tinubu’s administration: a country grappling with soaring insecurity, economic instability, and an eerily quiet media landscape.

The inauguration of Mr. Tinubu as Nigeria’s 16th President on May 29, succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari, was a beacon of hope for many Nigerians who anticipated a new era of prosperity and peace. The President, in his inaugural address, declared security as the linchpin of his government’s objectives, promising Nigerians an era of tranquility.

“Security shall be the top priority of our administration because neither prosperity nor justice can prevail amidst insecurity and violence. To effectively tackle this menace, we shall reform both our security DOCTRINE and its ARCHITECTURE,” Tinubu asserted.

However, a week into his administration, the situation appears to tell a different story. In just seven days, Nigeria has witnessed an unsettling surge in violence, with at least 80 citizens losing their lives to violent attacks across the country. Blood was shed in Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue state, in Zamfara, and in Tangaza LGA of Sokoto state. The gruesome killings, a stark reminder of the country’s security crisis, have incited outrage among citizens, but a conspicuous silence from the Presidential Villa.

It isn’t just the spike in violence that has raised eyebrows. The Nigerian economy, already on a shaky foundation, seems to be sliding further into the abyss. The nation’s currency, the Naira, is plummeting, with the exchange rate hitting a staggering N800 to the dollar on the black market.

Adding to the economic woes is the controversial decision by President Tinubu to remove fuel subsidies. The resulting fuel inflation has forced petrol prices to skyrocket to N400, N500, and in some cases, N600 per liter. This move has resulted in widespread discontent, with many Nigerians left trekking, a reality far removed from the prosperous Nigeria promised by the administration.

Hunger, often the faithful companion of economic instability, has further tightened its grip on the populace. The somber faces seen on Nigeria’s streets are a haunting testimony to the despair and frustration Nigerians are experiencing. Complaints are rife, with citizens vocally decrying the hardships and perceived governmental apathy.

Adding to the frustration is the noticeable absence of the vibrant media criticism that was a staple during the Buhari administration. Many argue that the media, once fervent in holding the government accountable, has adopted an unnerving quietude since Tinubu’s administration began.

Unsurprisingly, tensions are rising, and protests are slated to begin this Wednesday against the removal of fuel subsidies. Nigerians are making their voices heard, demanding that the administration address the economic and security crises urgently.

One week into President Tinubu’s tenure, Nigerians find themselves facing escalating hardships with a seemingly muted media.

At Mandy News, we continue to provide unfiltered, real-time coverage of the nation’s unfolding crisis. In these turbulent times, the importance of free, unbiased journalism cannot be overstated.

As we move forward, it’s our hope that the government will heed the calls of its people, and the media will reclaim its role as the watchdog of the nation.

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