…. Actions taken in the interest of the nation
The Presidency has reacted to criticisms and uproars that greeted the removal of subsidy at last saying that posterity will be kind to President Muhammadu Buhari as he would be remembered for courage for the decisive actions and bold steps taken in the overall interests of the public.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that Subsidy Removal was Necessary and long Overdue.
The presidency was reacting to the mixed reactions that trailed the increase in pump price of petrol which was occasioned by the removal of subsidy from the downstream sector.
The Buhari-led administration in March announced to a dazed citizenry that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would no longer shoulder the burden that comes with the discrepancies between the landing cost and retail price of petrol.
As a result of this, the retail price of petrol has been adjusted monthly to reflect the realities of the global crude oil market.
But Shehu, in the Sunday statement, said says past administrations did not have the courage to take unpopular decisions.
He said that president Muhammadu Buhari will be remembered as the leader who made “real contributions to economic and overall national development by eliminating the evils of corruption embedded in subsidies”.
“Subsidy removal in these sectors had long been foreseen by successive administrations as game changers in search of solutions to move forward with the nation’s development. These are reforms that are necessary and overdue. Blueprint upon blueprint, timeline upon timeline had come and gone but the courage to take bold decisions was not there,” he said.
According to Shehu, Buhari has shown the rare determination to carry out bold decisions that are driven by the desire to ensure the greatest good for the people.
“In carrying out the reforms, the president needs the support and understanding of all citizens-inclusive of the opposition parties, the labour movement and civil society groups,” the presidential aide said.
“In these challenging times, the president is pushing development goals, not politics and history will judge him in favourable terms rather than his critics in the new media and the opposition.”