The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been accused of being arrogant and insensitive to the demands of Nigerians because of its refusal to carry out a downward review in the pump price of fuel.
The accusation was made on Monday evening by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Ologbondiyan said by such “arrogant display of insensitivity and total disregard” to the demands by the citizens, the administration is pushing Nigerians to the wall.
Ologbondiyan noted that the attempt by the presidency to justify what he described as “wicked increase” in the pump price of fuel from N87 per liter under the PDP to N160 as provocative, confrontational and totally unacceptable to Nigerians.
He said: “Our party holds that the defence of such a humongous hike, which has worsened the hardship being suffered by Nigerians under the Buhari administration, is in bad taste and should be rescinded immediately.
“It is indeed an unpardonable slap on the sensibilities of Nigerians that after running a heavily corrupt oil trade and subsidy regime, through which over N14 trillion naira had been allegedly frittered by its officials, the Buhari administration seeks to put the burden of high costs on innocent and already impoverished citizens.
“The PDP totally rejects this attempt to hinge the increase in fuel price on presumed removal of oil subsidy when it has failed to account for the proceeds of oil sales in the last five years, even in the face of confession by the Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, in April this year, that the APC administration had been running an over-bloated and sleazy oil subsidy regime.”
According to him, the Buhari administration had failed to account for the confession by the NNPC that it was engaged in secret siphoning of oil money through a clamed subsidizing of fuel for certain West Africa countries.
The opposition spokesman added: “The PDP recalls that prior to his emergence as the President, General Muhammadu Buhari (as he was then known) had declared fuel subsidy a fraud. Five years after, the government, which he heads, is watching over a subsidy regime that is brimming with corruption.”
He maintained that Nigerians should not be made to bear the brunt of the “huge corruption in the Buhari administration which has wrecked every aspect of our national economy.”
He blasted the government over its argument that the reason for increase in the pump price was because of costs in other countries of the world.
Ologbondiyan added that such comparison is therefore not only “absurd but also completely illogical.”
He revealed that the PDP, had in the wake of the increased price, cautioned the Buhari presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to misinterpret the patience and law-abiding nature of Nigerians as a sign of weakness on this issue.
The PDP spokesman noted: “It is clear that the APC administration is completely anti-people as displayed in its refusal to heed to the cries of suffering Nigerians, who have rejected the fuel price increase, and there is no way history can be kind to any president who subjected Nigerians to the economic anguish and pains they have been suffering in the last five years.
“Again, we caution the Buhari presidency and the APC not to continue to test the elasticity of the will of the people.”