By Wilson Adekumola
The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has backed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s decision on removal of fuel subsidy, noting that there should have been a palliative to cushion the effect on the masses.
Obi made his stance known in a statement issued by the Obi-Datti Media Office, in Abuja, analysing conditions to be met for the desired result to be achieved.
Obi was said to have spoken to newsnen at the Court of Appeal Headquarters, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The former Anambra State Governor revealed that his support for subsidy removal dates back to the Goodluck Jonathan era when he served as a member of the Presidential economic management team.
Obi said, “If you have followed me very well right from the time I was a member of Jonathan’s economic management team, I consistently maintained that subsidy should be removed because I see it as organized crime. People were just stealing the resources of the country and I showed empirically in my statistical analysis that we are not consuming the amount of fuel they claim we consume.”
LP flag bearer in 2023 general election differentiated his idea of Subsidy removal from what is happening in the country now that they are linking him to the two options available to a person having a toothache.
He pointed out that if you approach a dentist to remove a painful tooth, he will apply a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth so you do not feel pain, saying it was a different situation when you forcefully pull the tooth the pain you feel will be different.
Obi added, , “For me, I will go with the approach of the dentist while supporting the removal of the tooth because I wouldn’t want to go through the pain of forceful removal.
“Recall that even when Jonathan wanted to remove it they came up with various relieving policies like SureP and others.
“If you read my manifesto you will see clearly how I planned to remove subsidy, I will govern with the people and show them statistically and empirically what we are getting and how we are deploying it.
“The problem In Nigeria is that when people say let’s go and suffer, let’s go and sacrifice, they don’t see the results of their suffering and their sacrifice.”