Nigerians can’t survive your fuel, electricity price hike, PDP tells Buhari

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By Dirisu Yakubu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said there is no way Nigerians can cope with the hike in the cost of fuel and electricity, as recently announced by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, the party described the attempt by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to justify the excessive hike in the cost of fuel “from N87 per liter under the PDP to N162 as well as electricity from N30.23 per kWh to over N66kw/h, as yet another daring and intolerable affront to the Nigerian citizenry, who have summarily rejected the increases.”

The statement further read: “Our party stands with Nigerians in insisting that there is no way our compatriots can survive a N162 per litre fuel price and a N66 per kW/h of electricity in a country which, in the last five years, ranked as the poverty capital of the world, with a frightening 23 percent unemployment rate; where over 90 million citizens live in abject poverty and many more living on less than N500 a day.

“Indeed, we find it very inconceivable that after the federal government, through the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, confirmed that 90 million Nigerians are living in poverty, it still went ahead to increase the cost of essential commodities that drive our economy.

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