A man, Esubio Nnaemeka as taking to social media to blame Nigerians for the hike in prices of food and other essential commodities, in the face of the lockdown orchestrated by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Esubio, “When we blame the government of not doing what they are supposed to do, We should as well blame ourselves when we failed to do what we are supposed to do’’.
He, however, did not exempt the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari from the blame, when he added that, “ I do not support the government, neither do I support we the citizens. All our actions and inactions seem to be selfish and for personal gain during this turbulent time.
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Now let me come to the government, before asking us to #StayAtHome, they removed a mere #20.00 from the pump price and also went further to remove about N3.3k, This could be said to be insignificant but it still goes a long way to show how concern they are. It’s understood that the price of petrol plays an important role in all sectors of our economy. A significant increase or decrease in pump price is expected to lead to a significant positive or negative change in any aspect of our economy.
Be it at Macro, Micro or Household unit. However, the government should have done more. They should have provided more source of palliative s. Regrettably, this significant decrease in pump price failed to apply to our various State, Community and Village economy. Therefore, this situation becomes increasingly pertinent for Further research.’’
On prices of food he added, ‘’As soon as the announcement was made, prices of essential food commodities increased heavily. Of course, I’m not surprised about the skyrocketed increase at all. Elementary economic theory tells you that when there is an increase in demand, and supplies are limited to a particular commodity, an increase in the price of that particular commodity is highly inevitable. And in a country which is currently second-placed after India in World Bank poverty indices, any little economic opportunity opens door to make it quick and move at least a step out of poverty’’.
‘’Now, from my findings, It could be said that our market economy is so #greedy and #selfish. Of course, our market economy is only interested in gain not lost at all. Just A significant Decrease in pump price by the FG failed to apply in our market economy. Even some private pump stations refused to effect the decrease on the account that they were still selling old stock. If it were an increase your answer would be the same as mine’’.
He concluded that ‘’Just as we are complaining that prices of essential commodities are so high in the face of a significant decrease in pump price, can you also imagine if it were an increase in the pump price at this turbulent time. By now we may all die of kwashiorkor virus. It will be difficult for us to get a good and credible leader to lead us. An average Nigeria seems to be #Greedy and #Selfish. This is not to say that there are no good leaders. #StaySafe..#ObserveNCDC and #WHO precautionary measures’’.