- The chief whip of the Adamawa state House of Assembly, Haruna Jilantikiri, has opted for an electric bicycle
- The legislator resolved to commute with a bicycle instead of a car due to the current high cost of fuel
- Jilantikiri, who represents Madagali constituency, was on Thursday, June 1, sighted on his bicycle
Madagali, Adamawa state - Pictures of the chief whip of the Adamawa state House of Assembly, Haruna Jilantikiri, riding a bicycle as a result of the recent fuel price hike in Nigeria, has stirred reactions.
The lawmaker, who represents Madagali constituency at the state assembly, said he decided to dump his car and use a bicycle for his daily activities, Daily Trust reported.
When the lawmaker spoke to journalists on Thursday, June 1, he lamented the current price of petrol in Nigeria.
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“We are supposed to park our cars and use bicycles to identify with our electorate because I don’t think they can afford to drive or ride on their motorcycles any longer.”
Netizens react to pictures of lawmaker opting for a bicycle over fuel price hike
Some of the reactions that followed the development were humorous. A few comments were disparaging.
@GodsgiftChisom wrote on Twitter:
"When he’s ready. He will trek like others. And again this is not the bicycle to use if he really wants to identify with them. He should ask osuofia of nollywood to lend him one."
"See the man feet OMG."
"Electric bike is still expensive. To best identify with the masses, he should use a humble absolute mechanical bicycle. Lolz."
"He actually opts for electric bicycle to identify with his fellow rigmakers (lawmakers) not with the masses. And he must be very stupeed if he thinks the masses can afford 1m+ to buy electric bicycle."
"The cost of this bicycle is enough for someone to start business and succeed, we shouldn't be deceived by this people."
Marketer explains hiked fuel prices after President Tinubu’s speech
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that an oil marketer revealed why the pump price of petrol across Nigeria was hiked immediately after President Bola Tinubu's speech at the inauguration ceremony on Monday, May 29, 2023, at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
It would be recalled that soon after President Tinubu declared fuel subsidy had been removed, Nigerians resumed panic buying the product, leading to most filling stations hiking pump prices to over N500 per litre, depending on the city.
Speaking with Legit.ng on this week's sudden hike in fuel prices, Jude Awaliabe, a member of the Lagos branch of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), said the hike was a result of market economics of demand and supply.