According to human rights activist turned politician, the subsidy removal will do nothing other than add to the suffering and further impoverish the masses.
His words: ”My position remains unchanged, crystal clear and unwavering; I stand opposed to the removal of petroleum subsidy and I stand opposed to increase in pump price of petroleum products; It will do nothing other than add to the suffering and further impoverish the masses of our people.”
He continued: ”It amounts to capitulation and outright deception for those of us who led millions of people, out in the street, few years ago, against pump price increase and against subsidy removal to now give economic excuses to justify same.
”The moral flag we raised in the past is now the scale of justice to measure the degree of our conscience in the present.” Senator Sani was one of the activists who opposed the removal of petrol subsidy by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in January 2012.
He said: “No matter how we slice it, we are in economic times that are challenging, but they provide us with some of the best opportunities for making a real difference in our economic life.
“I think that we are at a point that a lot has been said about subsidies and what to do with subsidies. I think we are at a point where we must make many difficult decisions and make very tough choices.
“But I think the Nigerian people are prepared for all what is required and all it would take to make a real difference. “In no way can a country make the kind of progress we expect it to make without being able to ensure that in public life our finance system is transparent and would ensure that there is accountability.”
The removal in fuel subsidy has been a lingering issue since President Muhammadu Buhari took over power. The minister of state for petroleum product, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu had said that Nigerians were not benefiting from the subsidy which made it necessary to be removed.