With the removal of fuel subsidy and 60% hike of fuel prices by the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, it is necessary to review Buhari and other leaders' comments on fuel subsidy and its removal in Nigeria's recent history.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
General Muhammadu Buhari pictured at the All Progressives Congress (APC) press event in Abuja February 8, 2015. | Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the 2011 elections, General Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, declared that the party is completely opposed to the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

He made the disclosure just as the governorship candidate of the CPC in Adamawa State; General Mohammed Buba Marwa told election riggers planning to rig Adamawa State governorship election to think twice because they will meet their waterloo.

“I am General Buba Marwa of the Lagos fame, I am not stupid. Those riggers will meet their waterloo in Adamawa. They can come but I will surprise them,” Marwa reacted to possible rigging by the opposition.

Speaking in Yola at the flag-off campaign of General Marwa, Buhari challenged Nigerians to rise up and speak with one voice to ensure that the planned removal of fuel subsidy is not actualized, Buhari also alleged that the menace of Boko Haram presently ravaging the country is caused by bad leadership on the part of the PDP-led administration.

According to him, “Nigerians are being deceived on the issue of fuel subsidy. The federal government takes out fuel for refining, only to come back and talk of removing the subsidy. That is nonsense and an attempt by a clique with the PDP led federal government to siphon the proceeds to be realized from the removal of oil subsidy.”

Describing Marwa as a God-sent leader that will turn the lives of Adamawa people around for the better, General Buhari said, “Marwa has done it in other places like Lagos and Borno, comprising two states, So nobody should be in doubt about what he will do in his own state.”

“If Marwa says he will provide free education, I believe him, If Marwa says he will provide free health care, I believe him. If he says he would provide security for lives and property, I believe him and if he says he will bring change, I believe him because he has done it before, So give him your support because he is a good man,” Buhari said.

Published in Vanguard on December 9, 2012

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