The Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, has given justification why President Muhammadu Buhari in contrast the costs of gas between Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and different nations.
Mohammed stated Buhari’s comparability was justified as a result of there was nothing incorrect in evaluating.
The Minister said this whereas that includes on Radio Nigeria present affairs programme, Radio Hyperlink, yesterday in Abuja.
Throughout his Independence Day speech, Buhari had in contrast the costs of shopping for gas in Nigeria with nations like Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Niger and others.
He had careworn that Nigerians can’t pay much less for gas.
However, Buhari’s comment had led to criticisms by Nigerians.
Backing Buhari, Mohammed stated: “Some folks have stated that why ought to we examine ourselves to Saudi Arabia with higher infrastructure and better wages.
“Our reply to that may be very easy. Saudi Arabia has 34 million folks whereas Nigeria has 200 million folks.
“Saudi Arabia produces 10 million barrels of crude oil per day, whereas Nigeria produces, at its greatest, 2.1 million barrel per day.
“Their inhabitants is about one-sixth of Nigeria’s inhabitants, and they’re blessed with extra assets. Due to this fact, they will afford to pay greater wages and construct infrastructure.
“Our argument have to be put in correct perspective. As we have now stated, no matter cash we make from the subsidy removing, we are going to spend money on infrastructure improvement.”