Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, ret’d, has added his voice to the growing list of prominent Nigerians who have hailed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for removing fuel subsidy, saying the removal is in the interest of Nigeria to avoid total collapse of the nation’s economy.
Other Nigerians who have thrown supports to the subsidy removal are the immediate past Minister of State on Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, former Ogun State governor now Senator-elect representing Ogun east district, Otunba Gbenga, Senator-elect for Delta Central , Ede Dafinone and National Operations Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mike Osatuyi.
According to Buratai who also served Nigeria as an Ambassador to Benin Republic immediately after disengaging from military service, the removal of the petroleum subsidy as announced by President Tinubu on inauguration day is timely.
Buratai stressed the importance of citizens’ co operation with the fresh government so that desired national objectives would be rapidly achieved.
“I appeal to the Labour organisations to shelve the idea of embarking on strike.
I also urge the Labour Union to give his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu the peace of mind to execute his Renewed Hope agenda for a better Nigeria.
The NLC, TUC etc, should be partners in progress for a Renewed Nigeria.
I also call on Nigerians to support Tinubu’s march to a New Era of Hope, Prosperity and Progress. President Tinubu will take Nigeria beyond imagination in infrastructure, security, economy and ultimate development in all aspects of our society and beyond,” Buratai appealed.
In like manner, an economic advocacy and political support group, FUSION 774 NIGERIA has thrown its weight behind the removal of oil subsidy by the present administration of His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In a press statement issued by the leadership of the group, the Director General, Comrade Sadiq Jikta alluded that there is no better time to fully implement the subsidy removal than now that the Nigeria economy is in a bad shape, stressing that the so call cabal perpetrating these corrupt acts have to be totally disengaged so that our economy will be revived and there will be enough funds to boost and develop the economy.
He said many people do not understand the politics behind fuel subsidy and it’s dangers to the development and growth of Nigeria.
According to him, the good intentions of government to subsidies petrol was simply to make the product affordable for Nigerians and make life easier but it is no longer sustainable as a result of the outright abuse of the subsidy policy whereby through the marketers falsification of our daily consumption figures, huge amount of money are paid into their pockets, monies that can be channeled to other meaningful ventures such as Education, Health, Agriculture, Social security, technology etc.
The group also asserted that they throw their weight behind the statement issued recently by the Vice president, His Excellency Kashim Shettima on the need for Nigerians to corporate and support Mr President on the removal of oil subsidy and to break the barrier of the cabals behind the subsidy scam.