FORMER KANO STATE GOVERNOR, RABIU KWANKWASO URGES PRESIDENT BUHARI TO REVERSE HIKE IN FUEL AND ELECTRICITY TARIFF
Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Kano State Governor has urged President Buhari to reverse the hike in fuel and electricity tariff.
The former Governor described the recent hikes as ill-timed, and stated that it would only make life more difficult for Nigerians.
He admonished President Buhari to reverse the increase and block the loopholes in his administration.
Kwankwaso, who made this admonition in an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, September 11th, 2020, said the President has no reason to justify increasing the price of essential commodities.
He said, “Most countries of the world are providing palliatives to help ease the hardship of COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately Nigeria is increasing petrol and electricity prices.
“You hardly get anyone in support of this policy.”
The elder statesman, who is staunch member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) warned that the increase may result in more hunger, insecurity, economic instability, and unemployment in the country.
Kwankwaso, who is also a former Minister and Senator, urged the president to stop what he described as ‘strategy of taxing citizens’.
“Running government involves generating revenues and expenditure, so the best thing the government could do is to stop the leaks in the system and not tax citizens. People would be more happy, had the government did this,” he said.
He is presently in Edo state to boost PDP’s support ahead of the gubernatorial election in the State.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a Nigerian politician who was the Governor of Kano State from 1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015.
After he lost his re-election in 2003, he was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Defence.