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Tinubu Should Have Waited Six Months To Remove Petrol Subsidy – Prof Sagay

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof Itse Sagay, says President Bola Tinubu should have waited six months after his inauguration before removing subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.

He made this known during a conversation around the future of Nigeria. The senior lawyer was a guest on Inside Sources with Laolu Akande aired on Channels Television on Friday.

He said the sudden manner in which the President removed petrol subsidy in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2023 has created untold hardship.

Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) from 2015 to 2023, said the Tinubu administration should have waited for the commencement of petrol production locally before yanking off subsidy on the premium commodity.

“Petrol is critical to our lives. The cost of living is going up, and basic living is now expensive. I think we might have gone on for another six months and as internal production was coming up, then the subsidy can be removed,” he said.

Continuing, Sagay said, “The immediacy and the sudden manner of the decision to remove petrol subsidy has created an immediate level of hardship which is almost becoming unbearable.”

“I am not in full agreement with the way and order some of the things are being done now. On the issue of petrol, I would have been happier if the government had been patient to allow internal production to commence before removing the subsidy.

“Now, Dangote is now producing. And of course, the refinery in Port Harcourt is almost ready. Perhaps, if we had waited a little longer, the transition will not have been harsh. We are in it already but I think we are in competent hands and we will get out of it.

“We’ve been on this subsidy for decades and a few more months would not have killed us. You can see the difference in lifestyle now.”

Sagay also said there must be a stop to the “deterioration of the value of the naira”. He said, “I never dreamt that there would be a time when the dollar would change for over N1,000 to a dollar. It has to stop, otherwise, it will destroy everything that the government is trying to do.”

The senior lawyer, however, expressed confidence in the new government and its ability to provide quality leadership for the Nigerian people. “They are people who know what they are doing. I have faith in them and I believe that as time goes on, the pressure on Nigerians will ease, hardship will decrease and we will be in a much better position that we are in now,” he said.

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Edo Guber: APC Accuses Obaseki Of Using Police To Intimidate Members

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Ahead of the September 21 governorship election in Edo, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over alleged intimidation by Governor Godwin Obaseki and threats of arrest by the Commissioner of Police in the state.


In a petition addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, the APC Chairman in Edo State, Jarrett Tenebe, said the intimidation by Obaseki, using security apparatus in the state, will be resisted.

He stated that the State Commissioner of Police has already invited him as part of moves to weaken opposition parties in the state and create an atmosphere of fear ahead of the election.

Tenebe urged the IGP, the Senate, and the Police Service Commission to call the Commissioner of Police in Edo State to order to avoid the breakdown of law and order.

The petition read: “I am the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Edo state chapter, and have the honor and privilege to bring to your attention the high level of intimidation and harassment being orchestrated by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

“While it’s safe under the Freedom of Information Act that anyone who feels dissatisfied with any policy implementation of the government at any level can ask questions about the same, the Edo State Governor does not see the effectiveness of any opposition to his government policies.


“To make good his threat of strangulating any opposition, he deploys all forms of security apparatus within the state, both conventional and self-created, to carry out his vindictiveness.

“He has promised to deal mercilessly with any person who dares him, particularly at this time of our electioneering in the state. Against the backdrop of the aforesaid, he has deployed the office of the Commissioner of Police to cause my arrest just for political reasons. I have been informed at my party secretariat that, in my absence, police brought an invitation for me to be interviewed by the Commissioner of Police over a petition written against me by the governor.

“Information at my disposal is that the governor has ordered the police to lay siege at my party secretariat where we are to perform the inauguration of our campaign council tomorrow with a view to arresting me just to score a political point.

“I thereby solicit your timely intervention by transferring the said case, if any, to your office for a discreet investigation. I count on your esteemed office in doing justice to this unwarranted harassment.”

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Poverty Fundamental Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy, Says Dogara

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A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that poverty is a fundamental threat to Nigeria’s democracy.


Dogara made the statement at an event in Lagos, where he spoke on the topic, ‘Democracy and the Free Market Economy’.

He stressed that widespread poverty among Nigerian citizens indicated that democracy was not serving the majority effectively.

“Our democracy is not working for the majority of our citizens. Although they are alive and free, they lack the means to pursue happiness.

“Poverty is a greater threat to democracy than weak institutions because it deprives poor citizens of their political voice and prevents them from holding their governments accountable; shattering public trust in democratic institutions,” he said.

The former Speaker, who represented the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa Federal Constituency for 16 years and served as Speaker of the 8th Assembly, highlighted the importance of utilizing democratic rights to build an inclusive economy that empowers the majority of Nigerians to reach their full potential.

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Reps Panel Recommends Acquisition Of New Aircraft For Tinubu, Shettima

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The House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence has asked the Federal Government to purchase new aircraft for President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima.

The committee’s recommendation is contained in a report released after its investigation into the status of the aircraft in the presidential air fleet.

“The committee is of the strong and informed opinion that, considering the fragile structure of the Nigerian federation and recognising the dire consequences of any foreseen or unforeseen mishap that may arise as a result of the technical or operational inadequacy of the presidential air fleet, it is in the best interest of the country to procure two additional aircraft as recommended,” the report reads.

“This will also prove to be most cost-efficient in the long run, apart from the added advantage of providing a suitable, comfortable, and safe carrier befitting of the status and responsibilities of the office of the president and vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In May, the house of representatives mandated the committee to conduct a “comprehensive investigation” into the aircraft in the presidential fleet to ascertain their airworthiness and technical status.

The House resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Satomi Ahmed, chairman of the House Committee.

There was a heated debate on the floor of House when the motion was moved.

Some lawmakers suggested that the President should travel via commercial aircraft or by road.

Ahmed’s motion followed reports of faulty aircraft in the presidential air fleet, forcing the President to use a chartered plane from the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia during his recent trip abroad.

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