Shagari, Gowon hail Jonathan’s decision on subsidy, security

BY DANIEL IDONOR

ABUJA — As reactions continue to trail President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to slash pump price of petrol from N141 to N94 per litre, the first civilian President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), yesterday, passed a vote of confidence on the President

The two leaders said they were satisfied with the outcome of the government and labour face-off, and the security measures taken by government, especially the maturity and statesmanship shown by the President.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting President Jonathan, Gowon who spoke on behalf of President Shagari, said no one could predict an end to a security challenge, adding that with the resolve of all to give the necessary support, an end can be in sight.

The former leaders said they were in Aso Rock to pay a solidarity visit to Jonathan in the absence of a Council of State meeting that was put off, and expressed confidence that Nigeria would emerge stronger as a nation from her current challenges just like it did after the civil war without external help.

“We are here to greet the President. The President has resolved the subsidy issue in a correct way in order for things to be able to return to normal and we are grateful and we endorse what he has done and also talked generally on things, for example, you saw how happy the youth corps members were yesterday (Monday) when the President announced all the good things he had for them.”

On how to tackle the growing security concerns in the country, he said: “I assure you that Mr. President and his team are very much on top of it. Any security issue is not something you can virtually dictate on and say this is the way it is going to finish. But with the determination to ensure security for all and for the good of the country, all that we need to do is to give the President the support.”

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