13 May 2016
The removal of fuel subsidy was announced on Wednesday, 11 May, 2016. Since the announcement, series of reactions from top politicians and citizens alive have come public.
In one of them, the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani joined voices with the masses to condemn the President’s decision to remove fuel subsidy, describing it as “insensitive and punitive”.
Senator Shehu Sani who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic debt described the decision as not only insensitive but most unfortunate.
In a statement the Senator released yesterday, he said “at a time when poor Nigerians are facing enormous economic hardships and are being asked to be more patient, all the NNPC can do is to add to their suffering,
“It’s utterly irrational and illogical to further impoverish the people in order to achieve liberal self-serving liberal economic aspirations.
“It’s all evident that capitalist forces are holding the FG hostage and are blackmailing it to implement its inimical version of economic reforms. It makes no sense if everyone must perish in order to revamp the economy.
“Economic reforms are necessary but it must be done with a human face and human heart if it’s made in the interest of human beings.
“Outrageous increase in pump price is a social provocation. It’s possible to reform the oil sector without necessarily incinerating the country. We must not take the patience, the sacrifice and the good will of Nigerians for granted”.
He added that, “I stand opposed to the increase in pump price and I call on PMB to weigh in on the NNPC to rescind the decision.”