Successive Governments Lacked Courage To Remove Fuel Subsidy – Presidency

President Buhari

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has said that previous administrations were not bold enough to take the recent decisions of the current government such as the increase in electricity tariff, fuel price and others.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity made this known while reacting to recent criticisms of the government over the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

In a statement titled “History will be kinder to President Buhari than his critics are prepared to be,” Shehu said such decisions were long overdue but the governments before the emergence of Buhari lacked courage to take bold decisions.

He stated that there are certain tough decisions that Buhari’s administration must make in a bid to reposition the country, noting that the reforms that led to the hike in prices as “necessary and overdue.”

“The All Progressives Congress came to power in 2015 defeating an incumbent administration amidst very high expectations from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Five years on, the administration has worked hard to meet many expectations, but still, there are certain tough decisions which had to be taken to put back the country on the path of sustainable development.

“To stop the mismanagement of taxpayer money, eliminate corruption associated with subsidies on petroleum products, power, fertilizer among others, the administration took the decision to implement long-delayed reforms, withdraw and allow the market to determine their prices.

“Subsidy removal in these sectors had long been foreseen by successive administrations as game changers in search of solutions to move forward with the nation’s development. These are reforms that are necessary and overdue. Blueprint upon blueprint, timeline upon timeline had come and gone but courage to take bold decisions was not there,” the statement read.

Shehu stated that future generations will appreciate the efforts of Buhari as a leader who made real contributions to general national development.

He called for support for Buhari while suggesting that the critics of his administration are the new media and the opposition.

“As President, Muhammadu Buhari takes these difficult decisions, both popular and unpopular and as a leader because he is demonstrating the right courage to take such decisions as they become necessary in view of present circumstances.

“History will be kind to President Buhari because in addition to his amazing ability to command votes, he will be remembered as the President who made real contributions to economic and overall national development by eliminating the evils of corruption embedded in subsidies.

“In any democracy, the most important certificate in governance is acceptance by the people and, with the support of ordinary Nigerians, President Buhari has shown a rare determination to carry out the bold initiatives as these ones driven by nothing other than the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

“In carrying out the reforms, the President needs the support and understanding of all citizens-inclusive of the opposition parties, the labour movement and civil society groups.

“In these challenging times, the President is pushing development goals not politics and history will judge him in favourable terms rather than his critics in the new media and the opposition,” he added.

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