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Why I Changed My Position On Fuel Subsidy Removal – Gbajabiamila

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Femi-GbajabiamilaMajority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday explained the reason behind his decision to support the removal of fuel subsidy by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, four years after he opposed same move by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The All Progressives Congress lawmaker representing Surulere I federal constituency, Lagos State, said he was forced to change his stand after he was confronted with facts and figures that the fuel subsidy regime could no longer be sustained.
Mr. Gbajabiamila maintained that if subsidy was not removed, Nigeria could have experienced recession within the next two months.
It would be recalled that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu on May 11, 2016 announced the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, effectively ending fuel subsidy.
The move saw the pump price of petrol go up from N86.50 per litre to N145.
Speaking at a town hall meeting with his constituents in Lagos, the Reps Majority Leader, however, pleaded with Nigerians not to lose hope in the APC-led federal government, assuring that situation of things in the country would soon improve.
He also said Nigeria found itself in this precarious condition because of the level of loot and theft perpetrated by the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government at the centre.
Gbajabiamila also weighed in on the strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in response to fuel subsidy removal, saying the action was largely unsuccessful because there was no need for it in the first place.
According to him, Labour was duly informed by government of the situation warranting subsidy removal.
He said, “That is why the planned strike did not work because members of labour knew there was no need to strike, even PDP knows that this was the only thing the government could do. Now the idea belongs to OPEC (Oil Producing Countries), I did a research and found out that all oil producing countries from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, to Bahrain, to Venezuela to Russia have increased their fuel price by 40 per cent since December-January, we were the last”.
On the performance of the Buhari administration on its first anniversary, the House Leader said it was too early to give a scorecard of the present administration, urging Nigerians to give their assessment after four years.
He said, “Things are very, very difficult today in Nigeria, we must acknowledge that. The question we need to ask ourselves is why? And the answer is very simple. When this government came into power, we knew the situation was bad, we knew the party that was there in the least 16 years had done a lot to destroy our economy. It was when we got there that they saw the books and the fact that everything was empty.
“The kind of rot, the kind of corruption, the kind of theft that Buhari and APC met [are] unprecedented anywhere in the world and that is why the Prime Minister David Cameron recently in London said Nigeria is fantastically corrupt”.

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  1. chinex

    May 27, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Who are they deceiving or fooling ? We all know that most of them APC are former PDP member yet they are accusing the PDP. It unfortunate APC Association Of Past Criminals.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

Seyi Makinde

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

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INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.

The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.

Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.

Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.

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