The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abdullahi Ibrahim, has said the explanations concerning the current economy do not make sense to any rational mind.
Ibrahim further explained that people can always come up with any logic to back up their arguments, however, “we cannot just agree with the market forces controlling fuel prices”.
In an interview with ARISE News on Wednesday, Ibrahim said that after inheriting the kind of problems Nigeria was in contention with from the Buhari Administration for eight years, it was assumed that the Bola Tinubu government would give Nigerians a breather, but on the contrary, he has not kept up to his campaign promises, instead he has pushed Nigerians further to their knees.
He said, “Nigerians are groaning across all walks of life—the rich and the poor, Christians and Muslims—nobody agrees with the policy and cannot come to terms. It is the worst decision any government can take.”
The PDP Deputy Public Secretary made it clear that the PDP is not in agreement with the policies of a government whose election in itself is subject to question without prejudice to the position of the court since the elections are still in contention.
He made it clear that, as a member of the opposition party, what his party would have done differently would be to “provide palliative care as the first alternative before even going ahead with the withdrawal of the subsidy, one would have expected the government to spend a period of 6 months studying the situation and engaging Nigerians before making decisions.”
Ibrahim added that the PDP would not have rushed into decision-making without coming up with informed decisions and measures to alleviate their excruciating pain and that it is quite unfortunate that Nigerians have gone on to say they miss the Buhari administration, which had a terrible government.
Recall that, Tinubu had during his Inauguration declared that petrol subsidy “is gone!”, which subsequently and immediately affected the prices of petroleum products across the country.
According to the President, the provision made by the former administration for fuel subsidy was to last till the end of June, hence, his declaration.
However, no sooner than the declaration did the hike in petrol pump price emerge, with the recent hike kicking in from Monday, selling at N620 per litre and even as much as N700 per litre in some Northern states.