Amid the recent surge in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, prominent opposition figures are calling on President Bola Tinubu to think innovatively and implement measures to alleviate the hardships faced by Nigerians. Failure to do so may lead to public discontent.
Dumebi Kachikwu, the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2023 election, spoke exclusively with Sunday PUNCH, advising the Federal Government to devise more pro-people palliative solutions instead of the proposed N8,000 allocation to 12 million families for six months. According to Kachikwu, Nigerians should refrain from bearing the brunt of the government’s inability to manage the subsidy process effectively. He suggested temporarily suspending subsidy and implementing a strategy that cannot be abused.
“The last cash transfer by the Muhammadu Buhari government was abused, and I expected this government to devise a better plan. N8,000 for each of the 12 million people in Nigeria would not make any significant impact. Palliatives should have been considered before subsidy removal, as Nigerians have suffered for the past two months,” said Kachikwu.
Shehu Gabam, the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, also expressed concern and urged the government to adopt a creative approach to address the country’s current situation and avoid potential chaos. He emphasized the need to prevent a crisis that could escalate into unprecedented hardship and pain for the people.
Former governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, took a spiritual standpoint, suggesting that Nigerians seeking solutions to the prevailing reality should turn to prayer and seek divine intervention.
As the fuel price hike continues to impact the nation, opposition leaders are urging President Bola Tinubu to take decisive action to mitigate the adverse effects on the populace.