Muhammadu Buhari, the immediate past president of Nigeria Monday revealed why he left his successor, Bola Tinubu to remove fuel subsidy, saying that had the policy been implemented, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tinubu would have lost the last general polls.
Buhari’s former aide, Garba Shehu, via a statement, said the ex-president commended the steps taken so far by the new administration in implementing the removal of petrol subsidy and attempt to unify the Naira exchange rate.
The statement, according to Shehu, was in response to persistent queries by some critics who have questioned why it took Tinubu only weeks to remove the petrol subsidy whereas Buhari didn’t do so for several years.
According to him, successive polls indicated that the ruling party would have lost the 2023 election if the Petroleum Industry Act, containing the petrol subsidy removal, was implemented before then.
In the statement titled “Buhari didn’t fail to remove subsidy “,
“Why did it take the new Tinubu/ Shettima presidency weeks to remove the petrol subsidy when Buhari didn’t do so for years fails to ask the right question.
“The massive electricity subsidy. The fraudulent fertilizer subsidy. Hajj/Christian Pilgrim subsidies. Remember them?
“The diesel subsidy. The aviation fuel subsidy. LPFO. Kerosene. Cooking gas and the other subsidy policies we found in place and put them firmly on the ground. Remember them?
“For those with short memories, many of those subsidies were all in place when President Buhari was elected to office in 2015: all those in place were gone by May 2023 – including the annual fertilizer subsidy that weighed 60-100 billion Naira (that’s trillion naira in about 10 years – yes you read that right) heavy on the federal budget each year.
“So no, Buhari didn’t remove the petrol subsidy – but in vitally important stages he removed every other budget-busting, egregious, economic-growth-crushing subsidy along the way.
“So far I have refrained from answering these repeated questions on the removal in Nigeria of subsidies on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS and that arising from the dual rates of the Naira in the Central Bank and the parallel market: Why did Buhari ‘fail’ to do these?
“First of all, my thinking is that instead of the former President answering this question, it is the Party, the All Progressives Congress, APC that is best suited to speak and failing to do this, we are forced to say what will follow here.
“Secondly, we are mindful of the fact that with a Tinubu/Shettima presidency now in place and for which there is a ‘New Sheriff in Town’.
“We do not want to distract them from the onerous tasks facing them and the nation. Neither is it our wish to take the spotlight away from them in any way.
“In terms of the timings of the decisions to remove fuel subsidy and unify the currency, the Tinubu/Shettima administration has done overwhelmingly well. Even more importantly, they have been most dexterous in managing the aftermath of the decisions by successfully avoiding any crisis.
“To this extent, our wish and prayers are that fellow countryman will continue to support the new leadership in these very laudable decisions and, in particular, for the Labour leadership and civil society to work with them to ensure that the palliative efforts as promised are successfully implemented.
“The decision to remove subsidies, as in our case – and we believe in all situations – was not for the President to take all by himself.
“That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves – and all those who have conveniently forgotten – that Buhari administration had been on this pathway from the very beginning in 2015.
“Removing subsidies for the Naira and PMS was cued and put on hold. Look for example in the Petroleum Industry Act. The important decision was kept for a better time.
“It could not have come at a time when tensions were high in the country and no responsible leader would have added fuel to the fire.
“In the view of many-including those in the security circles- only a new administration with a goodwill that fills a warehouse can attempt this, and here now comes in the wit and grit of the Tinubu government.
“Finally, we must be politically honest with ourselves. The Buhari administration in its last days could not have gone the whole way because the APC had an election to win. And that would have been the case with any political party that was seeking election for another term with a new principal at its head.
“Poll after polls showed that the party would have been thrown out of office if the decision as envisaged by the new Petroleum Industry Act was made.
“With the election now behind us, a capable leader as we now have in place is best positioned to move forward. We have nothing but confidence that the new administration will carry the nation and all its constituents into a stable future in the aftermath of these major economic and financial decisions.
“As they say, there are times when you have to lose in order to win.”
First Year Remembrance: Ozy Okposo Makes Lifetime Promise to Sammie Okposo
Ozy Okposo, the wife of late gospel singer Sammie Okposo, is solemnly observing the one-year remembrance of her beloved husband by making a heartfelt promise to cherish the memories they shared.
In a touching tribute on her Instagram page, she pledges to continue celebrating and treasuring the moments they had together. She reflects on the past year without him, acknowledging the support of family, friends, and divine grace while expressing her enduring longing for him.
Ozy fondly recalls the aspects of their life that she misses most, emphasizing her enduring admiration for Sammie and the impact he had on her life and the world. She lovingly refers to him as her “King,” “Legend,” and “Maestro,” and expresses her deep affection, longing, and gratitude.
On Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Ozy expressed her deep sorrow while finding solace in the belief that Sammie is now in the presence of Christ.
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Appeal court judgment, a temporary setback
Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, on Saturday, declared that God was behind his election and will not abandon the people of the state.
Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party had polled 525,299 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, who scored 481,370 votes during the March 18 governorship election
His victory was reaffirmed at the election tribunal but a panel of the Court of Appeal nullified it.
The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a final judgment on the matter.
Mutfwang, returned to Jos, the state capital for the first time since the appeal court nullified his election, and spoke with journalists at the Yakubu Gowon Airport in Jos on arrival on Saturday.
He was received by a crowd of supporters who defied the rains and converged on the airport and other strategic locations in Jos to welcome him.
He described whatever had happened as a temporary huddle and reassured the people that God would restore his mandate.
The governor said, “I am excited to be back home, I feel so loved by the people and I have come to say thank you to the Plateau people. I have come back home to say thank you to the good people of Plateau State for their prayers, and for standing with us.
“I want to also thank our friends across Nigeria and across the world who have stood with us, they have shown interest in what is happening on the Plateau and I want to say a big thank you.
“I want to assure you that we began this project with God on our side and I want to assure you that God is still on our side and that by his grace, Plateau people will smile, by his grace, Plateau people will rejoice.
“For we bear no grudges against anyone and we have confidence in the judiciary despite all that has happened. God who controls the hearts of men is going to ensure that what will bring joy to the people of Plateau State is done.
“I, therefore, encourage you to stay steadfast in prayer, there is no need for evil talk, and we will not reply to those who mean evil for us. We will continue to encourage our people to remain calm. This is our land, we will not allow anybody to destroy it, therefore we must stay together.”
He continued “There are people who are not happy with our unity. I want to plead with the people of Plateau that let us stay together. I am proud and excited that you have made me your leader. I am proud of all Plateau people.
“Across the divides of faith, I have seen Muslims rise up in our defence, I have seen Christians rise up in our defence. I have seen elders, I have seen women and I have seen youths and I say this is the Plateau direction we want to go.
“I, therefore, urge us to remain united and peaceful. Every journey from bondage to freedom has hiccups and there are many hurdles we must cross, and whatever we have experienced so far is a temporary huddle and by the grace of God we will reach the promised land.”
Nuella Njubigbo Celebrates Arrival of Baby Boy with New Husband, Celebrities Congratulate
There is a time of celebration for fans, admirers, and colleagues of popular Nollywood actress, Nuella Njubigbo, as she embraces the arrival of her second child.
The actress, previously married to movie producer Tchidi Chikere, has now welcomed a baby boy with her current partner, whose identity remains undisclosed.
Sharing the good news on her Instagram page along with her maternity photos, she announced the early arrival of Santa for her family and introduced their newborn as Giovanni Munachimso.
She expressed her gratitude to the Creator, filled her heart with praises, and declared that their imagination has manifested into reality.
Celebrities, including Yul Edochie, Rita Dominic, Uche Elendu, Destiny Etiko, Ken Erics, Junior Pope, Uche Ogbodo, and others, joined in her joy, offering their congratulations and best wishes.
Several months ago, Nuella Njubigbo was a trending topic following reports of her second marriage to colleague Uche Ogbodo’s ex, Jean.
Prior to this, the actress had filed for divorce from her 7-year marriage to producer Tchidi Chikere, who later spoke about her unexpected departure from their home. Tchidi has since moved on and remarried.
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