Thursday March 04, 2021 10:45 PM

Subsidy Regime: “Apologise for deceiving Nigerians,” PDP tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apologize to Nigerians on the issue fuel subsidy removal.

The party said Buhari’s administration deceive Nigerians while secretly running an over-bloated and sleazy oil subsidy regime as now exposed by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The statement was made on Friday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The opposition party said its demand was predicated on the confession by the NNPC Managing Director, Mele Kyari, that the Buhari administration had been running an over-bloated subsidy, which is against the national interest.

“Our party holds that Kyari’s open confession is a direct vindication of our stand that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration has been neck deep in serial oil fraud”, the statement said.

The party noted that Buhari had openly castigated previous PDP administrations and announced that oil subsidy existed only as a fraud whereas he had secretly continued to preside over an over-bloated subsidy regime through which over N14 trillion belonging to Nigerians have been stolen.

The NNPC boss had, during the week, said that there were many things wrong with what he described as under-recovery, which he said was so over-bloated, “because we are subsidising the whole of West Africa. That has to stop”.

Further faulting the subsidy regime under the Buhari administration, the PDP said: “It is clear to all that the Buhari administration had not only been covering sleazy oil subsidy regime but also an under-recovery fraud with an international dimension.

“It is even more distressing that that such monumental racket against our nation had been going on under an administration whose leaders parade as saints while swimming in an ocean of corruption.

“Our party charges the Buhari Presidency to immediately name the West African countries that it claims to be subsidizing fuel for and the amount so far spent in such hazy enterprise.

“This is so because there are already insinuations in the public space that the so-called West African countries could be the private purses of corrupt APC leaders and the cabal in the Buhari Presidency.

“It is however saddening that President Buhari had allowed such hemorrhaging of our economic bloodstream into private vaults.

“Now that the Managing Director of the NNPC has summoned the courage to make this confession, after our party counseled government officials to stop lying to Nigerians about trillions of naira claimed to have been paid for subsidy, what is expected of the Buhari Presidency is to, without any further delay, apologise to Nigerians, make restitutions and take immediate steps to recover the over N14 trillion siphoned in oil scams under its watch”.

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