From Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that his administration is pushing Nigerians to the wall with the latest hike in fuel price.
In a statement on Monday, the party spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, said the administration has continued to display insensitivity and total disregard for demands by the citizenry for immediate downward review in the pump price of fuel.
The opposition party described the attempt by the Buhari Presidency to justify what it described as the wicked increase in the pump price of fuel from N87 per litre under the PDP to N160 as provocative, confrontational and totally unacceptable to Nigerians.
“Our party holds that the defence of such a humongous hike, which has worsened the hardship being suffered by Nigerians under the Buhari administration, is in bad taste and should be rescinded immediately.
“It is indeed an unpardonable slap on the sensibilities of Nigerians that after running a heavily corrupt oil trade and subsidy regime, through which over N14 trillion naira had been allegedly frittered by its officials, the Buhari administration seeks to put the burden of high costs on innocent and already impoverished citizens”, the statement said.
The PDP recalled that Buhari, prior to his emergence as the President, had declared fuel subsidy a fraud, regretting that five years after, the government, which he heads, was watching over a subsidy regime that was brimming with corruption.
“Our party had at the wake of this increase cautioned the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to misinterpret the patience and law-abiding nature of Nigerians as a sign of weakness on this issue.
“It is clear that the APC administration is completely anti-people as displayed in its refusal to heed to the cries of suffering Nigerians, who have rejected the fuel price increase, and there is no way history can be kind to any President who subjected Nigerians to the economic anguish and pains they have been suffering in the last five years.
“Again, we caution the Buhari Presidency and the APC not to continue to test the elasticity of the will of the people”.
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