A Nigerian politician and legal practitioner, Patrick Obahiagbon, has disclosed his stand on the fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday, June 4, he said: “Am maniacally bewildered that the righteous position of Mr President on subsidy has generated some verbal animadversion from some censorious analysts.
What did the President say that was new? Mr President only gave a Presidential obiter dictum to what was already a self-fulfilling reality. It just goes to demonstrate the fact that we are our problems in this country. (Most people knew subsidy would be removed so President Tinubu merely did the obvious)
It verges on hair-splitting and sciamachy for critiques to go to town calumniating Mr President as being culpable for the pandemonium that greeted his statement when he said at the presidential inauguration that the regime on subsidy has come to an end.
He was only echoing a legal reality that the Buhari government has enthroned. Has there not been regular chaos in this aspect of our lives before Mr President’s statement? There was no basis for the chaos following his speech since this was a situation the nation was well aware of.
Let us blame our mephistophelian profiteers, philistine carpet baggers and prebendal homo-sapiens. What we need right now is an audacious leader capable of providing himself as a political minesweeper and taking the big decisions.
So from that point of view, Mr President’s asseveration on the subsidy indaba was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (What he means is that Tinubu’s decision on subsidy is great but we should blame profiteers for the initial chaos).”