Number Of Lunatics Has Increased In Lagos Due To Hardship Under Tinubu, Governor Sanwo-Olu — Economist Laments

A renowned economist, Bismarck Rewane, has stated that the number of lunatics and mentally unstable people on the streets of Lagos State has increased due to the poverty and hardship inflicted by the Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government and Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in the state.

Rewane added that Nigerians had been pushed to the wall and “some of them walk across the road even in moving traffic.”

SaharaReporters earlier reported that the economist also noted that people were not interested in budgetary figures rolled out by the President Bola Tinubu-led government if the prices of basic commodities like rice, bread, and garri don’t go down.

Rewane, the Managing Director of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, made this known on Thursday during an interview on Channels TV.

He said, “You will notice that on the streets of Lagos in particular, the number of lunatics has increased and part of it is driven by poverty. Many mental health issues. People are pushed to the wall. Some of them walk across the road even in moving traffic.”

Earlier he had said, “In the end, budgetary arithmetics, budgetary mathematics in economics is of no use to anybody except when by this time, six months’ time, if we are buying rice at N40,000 a bag rather than N60,000 a bag, if we are buying bread N900 a big loaf instead of N1,300 which we are doing today. If we are buying garri at lower prices.

“The people are not interested in whether the budget is balanced and what the debt is. How does it (the budget) affect their day-to-day livelihood? That is the key thing.”
Rewane, analysing the budget proposal, said in the final analysis, the people are not interested in figures but want to feel the impact of the government’s economic policies as many are under pressure.

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He added, “And as you know, prices are up and people are under tremendous pressure,” he said, adding that the rate of poverty in the country is driving people mad.”

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