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Buhari didn’t order removal of petrol subsidy — Lawan

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has claimed President Muhammadu Buhari did not order anybody in his administration to remove the petrol subsidy.

He stated this while addressing journalists after meeting Buhari behind closed-door at the Presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

Recall the minister of finance had said; “In our 2022 budget, we only factored in subsidy for the first half of the year; the second half of the year, we are looking at complete deregulation of the sector, saving foreign exchange and potentially earning more from the oil and gas industry”.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, had earlier hinted plans by the federal government to remove the subsidy.

“I cannot give you a date for now. But the Vice President is actually leading the efforts and very soon, we will tell Nigerians what date the removal of subsidy will kick in,” he said during an interview on Channels TV program, Politics Today.

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Speaking on Tuesday, Lawan said; “Well, it will be of interest to Nigerians to hear what I’ve come to discuss with Mr. President among several other things.

“Many of us are very concerned with the recent agitations, protests, and many citizens were so concerned, our constituents across the country are very concerned that the federal government will remove the petroleum subsidy. And for us, as parliamentarians, as legislators representing the people of Nigeria, this must be of interest to us.

“And we’ve just finished our recess, we had gone home to our constituencies and senatorial districts. And will felt the pulse of our people. And I found it necessary to visit Mr. President, as the the leader of our government and our leader in the country, to discuss this particular issue of concern to Nigerians, and I’m happy to inform Nigerians that Mr. President never told anyone that the petroleum subsidy should be removed.”

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