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Kwankwaso blasts Buhari over rise in fuel price, electricity tariff

Kano State former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has blasted the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse its recent decision that led to the increase in the pump price of fuel and electricity tariff.

Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said in an interview with the BBC Hausa service that the reversal is necessary considering the current hardship being faced by the people.

The former governor, who was on solidarity visit to PDP supporters in Edo ahead of the state governorship election, said the government should, instead, block leackages leading to loss of revenue, adding that their is presently no justification for fuel price hike.

“Many countries are presently benefitting from palliatives and other packages to cushion the effects of coronavirus on the livelihoods. But in Nigeria, it is now that they are increasing the price of fuel, electricity and other things.

”Honestly it would be difficult to find anyone who will support this policy,” Kwankwaso added.

Speaking further, he said everybody knows that this is not the time to put another burden on the people, because it will only lead to hunger and insecurity as well as unemployment.

Kwankwaso also said if the Buhari administration is truly listening to the people, it should be courageous to reverse wrong policies that are rejected by the people.

For government, he said, there is what you call revenue and expenses. “What the government needs to do is to look at wastages and other sources of leakages and block them. If the government had done this, the people would have hailed it because we all want good life.”

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