As President Bola Ahmed Tinubu marks one year in office, Ogun State residents express deep dissatisfaction, citing widespread hardship and economic strain. Tinubu, who took office on May 29, 2023, with his ‘Renewed Hope Agenda,’ has seen his initial policies result in significant public discontent.

The President’s inauguration marked the end of fuel subsidies, causing petrol prices to skyrocket from N185 to over N600 per liter. This drastic change triggered a surge in food prices, transportation costs, and overall living expenses, plunging many Nigerians into severe hardship.

Ogun border communities are particularly affected, with fuel prices reaching N1,500 to N2,000 per liter due to reliance on the black market. This situation stems from a 2019 ban on fuel sales within a 20-kilometer radius of the borders, a measure aimed at curbing smuggling but causing lasting fuel crises for residents.

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In Abeokuta, resident Adetoye Funsho described Tinubu’s first year as “one year of pain,” noting that essential items have become unaffordable for the average citizen. “It feels like we’ve been suffering for years,” she lamented, reflecting widespread frustration.

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Trader Olugbenga Gabriel criticized the high cost of commodities and utilities, arguing that the removal of fuel subsidies and foreign exchange policies have had no positive impact on the economy. “Prices are too high, everyone is complaining,” he stated, urging the government to ensure better access to electricity.

However, not all feedback was negative. Motorcyclist Kolade Sodiq acknowledged the challenges of governance and appreciated the President’s efforts, calling for public support. “Our president is trying; he needs our support,” Sodiq remarked.

Another resident, Kolawole Adeyemi, urged patience, suggesting that meaningful change takes time. “What has been destroyed for several years cannot be corrected in just 365 days,” he stated, advocating for a wait-and-see approach over the next three to four years.

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