The current difficulties Nigeria is facing, according to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are only temporary. The president promised that his government would make every effort to improve Nigeria's economy.

But the president insisted that sacrifice was necessary to get the nation back to where it belonged in the community of nations.

In Abuja on Friday, he spoke with a group of devout Muslims from the South West who were led by Rasaki Oladejo.

"We must have faith in one nation. We promise to work hard. The improvement of our economy will benefit Nigerians. We are working hard to make sure of that, of which I am absolutely certain.

“We must guarantee our future. The Almighty Allah will not give us a burden we cannot bear. He has put us here for a purpose. It may look difficult; even rough, but it will get better.

“We avoided it (removing petroleum subsidy) for 40 years. We are all going through the pain now, but for Nigeria not to collapse, we had to remove the subsidy.

“In the history of successful nations, there is nothing more vital than the leadership taking difficult decisions at the right time and for the right reasons. There would have been no money for the sub-nationals,” he said.

In addition to thanking the leaders for their prayers and support, Tinubu assured them that his administration would equip the youth with the necessary skills and foster an environment in which they could thrive.