The Commerce Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s comparability of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
President Buhari throughout his Independence Day speech had in contrast the oil value in Nigeria to these of neighbouring international locations and even Saudi Arabia, stating that it made no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than different oil-producing nations.
Based on him, “Within the circumstances, a accountable authorities should face realities and take robust selections.”
He additionally revealed that petroleum costs in Nigeria are to be adjusted. It now sells at N161 per litre.
Reacting, the President of the TUC, Quadri Olaleye, in a press release, mentioned Nigeria ought to by no means be in contrast with different international locations, including that the nation had achieved nothing regardless of six many years of oil exploration.
Olaleye mentioned successive governments had looted, laundered and wasted the nation’s sources whereas patronising hospitals outdoors the nation.
“It’s like evaluating black and white and that is very dangerous.
“It’s so ridiculous to match Nigeria with Saudi, Dubai, or every other nation, not even in Africa as a result of with the pure sources that we’ve got, we might rule the world, however authorities will not be .
“There is no such thing as a want for this comparability as a result of it seems just like the president is defending fraud and the impoverishment of Nigerians.
“The reality is Nigeria has achieved nothing with all the cash constructed from oil since over six many years of oil exploration in industrial high quality. Completely nothing.
“All successive leaderships have completed is loot, launder and purchase properties in overseas land.
“So, if the president is defending the hike in pump value, what does he need to do with the excess they may make from the hike.
“I’m actually certain that they may provide you with the identical previous story of offering infrastructure when Our roads are nothing however demise traps.
“Our leaders aren’t patriotic in any respect. In Saudi Arabia now, roads, water, and to some extent, jobs aren’t large points.
“However then then again, Nigerians cope with estimated payments as a result of energy companies had refused to supply meters,” he mentioned.