- Atiku Abubakar has recalled how the decision to remove fuel subsidy and increase fuel price was opposed by Oshiomhole when he was NLC president
- The ex-vice president said Obasanjo, during his tenure, had begun a phased subsidy withdrawal
- Despite the opposition from the NLC, two phases of subsidy removal of fuel were achieved by the Obasanjo government before leaving office in 2007
Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has said the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, opposed fuel subsidy removal during the administration of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to him, Oshiomhole who was the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president at that time stood strongly against subsidy removal.
Atiku, in a tweet on the evening of Saturday, June 6, said the Obasanjo-led government had commenced a phased subsidy withdrawal. As the vice president then, he was tasked with negotiating with then NLC chairman who happened to be Oshiomhole.
Recall that Atiku was vice-president to Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007.
According to him, two phases of subsidy removal of fuel and complete withdrawal of subsidy of diesel was achieved before they left office.
Some Nigerians reacted to his tweet, describing it as medicine after death.
Patrick Iria Uanseru said: "Medicine after death! Nigerians have seen through your deceits."
Some others who shared their opinion under the tweet said the removal of subsidy is a scam.
One Kolapo Abiodun said the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is a mess as it keeps taking loan after loan with nothing to show for it.
@bello_moruf accused the former vice president of being petty.
Another Twitter user asked that he explain how he became rich overnight.
Meanwhile, Atiku had been criticised by Nigerians after he made a comment about the federal government removing fuel subsidy.
He had reacted to a report that the cap on the price of petrol had been removed, and henceforth, the price would be determined by market forces.
Atiku said the stoppage of subsidy and price-fixing is a right move which should have come earlier.
Nigerians were not having it as they reminded the former vice president that he was in power for eight years and also part of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which ruled the nation for 16 years.
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