1-Year-in-Office: Northern Elder Blasts Tinubu, Says “Renewed Hope Now Hopelessness”

1-Year-in-Office: Northern Elder Blasts Tinubu, Says “Renewed Hope Now Hopelessness”

  • President Bola Tinubu has come under heavy criticism following the current economic crisis in Nigeria occasioned by his policies
  • A member of the Northern Elders Forum expressed disappointment over what he described as a failed government led by Tinubu, noting the hope of Nigerians has turned to hopelessness
  • Ahead of the May 29 event to mark Tinubu's one year in office, Prof Usman Yusuf slammed the president's economic team, describing them as "tax collectors"

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Prof Usman Yusuf, a member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has described President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government's Renewed Hope Agenda as hopelessness.

Tinubu under fire over economic hardship
Prof Usman Yusuf, a member of the Northern Elders Forum, tackled Tinubu over persistent hardship in Nigeria. Photo credit: Prof Usman Yusuf, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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He noted that rather than injecting the Nigerian people with some hope capsules, the current administration has made Nigerians more hopeless in the last year since the ex-Lagos governor assumed office as the country’s president.

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Yusuf, a former executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), made this assertion when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme.

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“People have lost hope. It pains me to see our people lining up to collect cups of palliatives. Renewed Hope has turned into hopelessness. People have lost hope,” Yusuf said.

What has Tinubu's one year in office been like

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, will mark President Tinubu's one year in office. However, Tinubu's economic reforms have led to the fluctuation in the price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the continuous free fall of the naira against the dollar, bringing untold hardship to the people.

As a result, a group of northern elders said they regretted voting for Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election, further threatening the Nigerian leader ahead of the 2027 election.

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However, President Tinubu has continued to placate Nigerians to endure the moment's pain, which he promised would be temporary.

Reacting to the current economic hardship, Yusuf said:

“The last one year has been a year of nothing but deception, destitution, and hopelessness.”
“From next week, they will start telling us their propaganda,” the NEF member continued.
“What have they done to benefit ordinary people? In a span of one year, they have brought millions of people back into multidimensional poverty and pushed millions more children out of school because their parents cannot pay their school fees.”

Why Tinubu may lose re-election in 2027

Legit.ng reported earlier that APC chieftain Salihu Lukman made a strong revelation about the party's chances in the 2027 election.

Lukman disclosed that President Bola Tinubu was at risk of losing re-election in the 2027 poll.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, he hinted at an impending rebellion among the party's ranks.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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