Governor elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused oil marketers of inflicting hardship on Nigerians over government’s refusal to subsidize the importation of petrol to the country.
Chairperson of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Governor Hope Uzodinma, said this when he led his colleagues to visit President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock villa on Friday.
President Tinubu had declared an end to the subsidy regime during his inaugural speech on May 29.
Politics Nigeria observed that Tinubu’s announcement sparked panic-buying of petrol across the country.
On Wednesday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited said it would adjust its pump prices to reflect market realities.
The commodity now sells for as high as N550 per litre in most parts of the country.
Uzodinma expressed his displeasure over the behavior of the marketers, who according to him, were quick to increase prices when the product they had was already subsidized.
“For instance, from May 29 till today, I’m not aware that any petroleum marketer has imported any product. All the products in their storage facilities are those already imported, subsidised by the government,” he said.
“Why the rush to increase the prices? It is man’s inhumanity to man. I think that what we should do is be our brother’s keepers and learn how to save the firewood we got during the dry season, so we can use it during the rainy season.,” he added.
The Imo Governor said he expected market forces of demand and supply to fix an appropriate price for citizens.