- Dino Melaye has berated the federal government for showing insensitivity to the plight of poor Nigerians
- The former lawmaker spoke amid controversies trailing the hike in the fuel price nationwide
- Melaye argued that instead of helping Nigerians out of dire economic hardship, the government is waiting for packages from downtrodden masses
Apparently aggrieved by the increment in the price of premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol, Dino Melaye has knocked the federal government for being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, September 6, the former lawmaker lamented that instead of supporting Nigerians with different stimulus packages to ease the current economic hardship aggravated by the Covid-19 crisis, the government is draining the country dry without remorse.
The flamboyant senator, who represented Kogi West in the eighth National Assembly (NASS) before losing his senatorial seat to Adeyemi Smart in 2019, scolded the federal government for increasing "stamp duty, VAT, electricity and petrol."
He further posited that "Nigerians are now the ones organising stimulus packages for the federal government" despite the biting dire economic hardship.
"When the Federal Government is supposed to give the masses palliatives, with an increase in the prices of Stamp duty, VAT, electricity and petrol.
"Nigerians are now the ones organising stimulus packages for the Federal Government," he said.
Melaye, amid the whirlpool of controversies generated by fuel price hike, earlier issued a caution note to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former lawmaker, in a tweet on Friday, September 4, urged the opposition party to step the slow gear in its response to the "mistakes" of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government, adding that the APC is "speedily heading to the departure lounge."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Shehu Sani revealed why Nigerians did not hit the street in protest of the government's decision to increase the price of petrol.
Speaking through a tweet on Saturday, September 5, Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth Senate, said Nigerians did not protest the fuel price as they did in 2012 because they were waiting for people to protest for them.
"Everybody is waiting for somebody to protest and there is nobody," the former lawmaker and critic said in a tweet.
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