Obi clarifies position on subsidy removal
Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, has elucidated his support for the elimination of fuel subsidies, but stipulated that certain conditions must be met for the desired result to be realized.
Tuesday, Obi reportedly spoke with reporters at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja.
This was stated by the Obi-Datti Media Office in Abuja in a statement.
He was quoted as saying that his support for subsidy removal dates back to his time as a member of the presidential economic management team under Goodluck Jonathan.
Obi stated, “If you have followed me closely since I was a member of Jonathan’s economic management team, you know that I have consistently advocated for the removal of subsidies because I view them as organised crime.
People were simply stealing the nation’s resources, and my statistical analysis demonstrated that we do not consume the amount of fuel they claim we do.”
The former governor of Anambra state differentiated his idea of subsidy removal from what is occurring in the country now that he is being compared to the two treatment options for a toothache.
He explained that if you visit a dentist to have a painful tooth extracted, he will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth so that you do not feel any pain.
Noting that this was not the same as forcibly removing the tooth, the pain you experience will differ.
The LP presidential candidate continued, “Personally, I will take the dentist’s approach while supporting the extraction of the tooth because I do not wish to endure the pain of forcible extraction.
“Recall that even when Jonathan wanted to eliminate it, they devised various relieving policies, such as SureP and others.
“If you read my manifesto, you will see how I planned to eliminate subsidies. I will govern with the people and show them statistically and empirically what we are receiving and how it is being utilised.
“The problem in Nigeria is that when people say, “Let’s go suffer, let’s go sacrifice,” they don’t see the results of their suffering and sacrifice.”
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