Special Assistant to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Public Communications during the 2023 campaign, Phrank Shaibu, has expressed dissatisfaction with the address of President Bola Ahmed Tinubus to the nation on Monday.
Recall that, Tinubu had addressed the nation by 7pm on Monday, stating how his government intends to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
However, in an interview on Arise TV on Tuesday, Shaibi said Tinubu’s speech was hurriedly put together in order to appeal to the organized labour so that they don’t go ahead with their planned strike from Wednesday, August 2.
According to him, the speech lacked inspiration and was filled with misleading information which led him to believe that it was a waste of everyones time.
Shaibu said, “Tinubu’s speech was hurriedly put together in order to dissuade the suffering masses and the organised labour from embarking on protests. Rather than apologise for removing subsidy without providing a cushion for the poor, he went about accusing subsidy thieves of being behind the current suffering. If he is sure of this, why hasn’t he arrested them?”
“Tinubu also lied when he claimed that he had for years been an advocate of subsidy removal. This was a man who in 2012, described petrol subsidy removal as ‘the Goodluck Jonathan tax’ and sponsored protests in Lagos State.”