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Fuel subsidy removal suicidal – Owie

BENIN—FORMER Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Roland Owie, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to ignore advisers urging him to remove subsidy on fuel, if he does not want to commit political suicide.

He also called on the President and Federal Government to reconcile all Nigerians, starting from the North, to stem insecurity in the country and secure the current democratic set-up, which he said Nigerians laboured for.

Owie who spoke with Vanguard, yesterday, blamed the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he said earned the highest revenue in the history of the country but failed to build a single refinery.

He said: “I have said before that the removal of fuel subsidy was anti- God and anti-nation. How is it that children whose mother sells rice, will take their plates to buy rice outside; it is madness. How long does it take to build a refinery?

“What is happening in the country is that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, senior staff have been enjoying this irresponsibility of fuel importation hence they did not made any attempt to repair the existing four refineries.”


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