EXPOSED: Increased fuel price is an Indirect Tax imposed on Nigerians – Fayose

– governor Ayo Fayose has revealed that the increase
in fuel price from N87 per litre to N145 per litre was an
Indirect Tax imposed on Nigerians
– The governor said under the Buhari/APC government,
“it is almost certain that our suffering will continue till
2019.”
– Fayose also took a swipe at organized labour in the
country for its failed strike

Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Outspoken critic and governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose has
revealed that the increase in fuel price from N87 per litre to
N145 per litre was an Indirect Tax imposed on Nigerians.
Fayose said the Buhari led federal government lied to
Nigerians that it was removing subsidy when the truth was
that the government is broke.
“In rewarding Nigerians for electing him as president,
President Buhari opted to increase petrol pump price by
N58.50!” Fayose said in an assessment statement signed by
himself.
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“The first justification of the increment was removal of
subsidy. But Nigerians were later stunned when the Vice
President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo said pump price of petrol
was increased because Nigeria was broke!
“In other words, President Buhari increased petrol pump
price because the country was broke and it needed to shore
up its revenue base. The N58.50 added to the previous
pump price of N86.50 was an Indirect Tax imposed on each
litre of petrol purchased by Nigerians.
“Simply put, the Federal Government is indirectly collecting
N58.50 naira tax from suffering Nigerians on each litre of
petrol they buy. Buhari is no doubt acting like the
proverbial Agbalowomeri Baale Jontolo (A king that exploit
his extremely poor subject to further enrich himself).”
The governor said under the Buhari/APC government, “it is
almost certain that our suffering will continue till 2019.”
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“Nigerians should be reminded that the manner of
hardship being faced now was also faced during Buhari’s
first coming as a military dictator when people had to
queue for essential commodities. Now, Nigerians can’t even
afford common tomato to prepare soup.”
Fayose also took a swipe at organized labour in the country
for its failed strike.
“The labour unions are now completely cowed, dashing
completely hope of the common people of Nigeria,” he
said.
Meanwhile, workers in Ekiti are set to shutdown civil service
activities in the state if the state government fails to meet
their demand within the next 48 hours.
The workers want the Ayo Fayose led government to pay
the five month salary arrears owed workers.
Read the full assessment below
Petrol Price Increment as Buhari’s 1st Year Anniversary Gift
to Nigerians
Despite his electoral promise to reduce petrol pump price
from the N87 per litre that he met it, President Mohammad
Buhari increased the price to N145! With this increment,
Buhari has further impoverished Nigerians.
Nigerians should be reminded that on April 14, 2015,
President Buhari’s ally and former Minister of Petroleum
and Energy, Prof. Tam David-West, told Nigerians that Gen.
Mohammed Buhari (who was then President-elect), will
reduce the fuel pump price from N87 to N40 per litre.
Buhari did not debunk this statement made by his friend
and major supporter.
Also, when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government
of Dr Goodluck Jonathan reduced the petrol pump price
from N97 to N87 per litre in January 2015, former Lagos
State Governor who is now Minister
of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said
N10 reduction of the petrol pump price was too low and
that Nigerians will get a better deal under Buhari. Fashola
tweeted on January 18, 2015; “On PMS price reduction by
N10. Now they listen. Oil the raw material drop over 50%,
N10 is just about 10%. Good try but Nija can get a beta
deal.”
In rewarding Nigerians for electing him as president,
President Buhari opted to increase petrol pump price by
N58.50!
The first justification of the increment was removal of
subsidy. But Nigerians were later stunned when the Vice
President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo said pump price of petrol
was increased because Nigeria was broke!
In other words, President Buhari increased petrol pump
price because the country was broke and it needed to shore
up its revenue base. The N58.50 added to the previous
pump price of N86.50 was an Indirect Tax imposed on each
litre of petrol purchased by Nigerians.
Simply put, the Federal Government is indirectly collecting
N58.50 naira tax from suffering Nigerians on each litre of
petrol they buy. Buhari is no doubt acting like the
proverbial Agbalowomeri Baale Jontolo (A king that exploit
his extremely poor subject to further enrich himself).
It is on record that on May 2 this year, the federal
government, in the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory
Agency (PPPRA) Template released in Abuja, told Nigerians
that it was subsidising petrol at N12.62 per litre.
In 2012 when the Dr Jonathan removed fuel subsidy and
increased petrol price to N141 per litre, crude oil was
selling at $111 per barrel.
If not wickedness, how can petrol price be increased to
N145 per litre when crude oil is now selling at $49 per
barrel?
Increasing petrol pump price by N58.50 when the federal
government claimed it was subsidising the product at
N12.62 per litre is clear wickedness on the part of President
Buhari.
In the history of Nigeria, increase in price of petrol has
never been as high as it was done by Buhari, putting
Nigerians in severe hardship as the product affects every
sector of the economy.
Too bad, those who opposed removal of fuel subsidy in
2012 and funded the Occupy Nigeria protest are the ones
canvassing support for this Buhari’s wicked one year
anniversary gift to Nigerians.
The labour unions are now completely cowed, dashing
completely hope of the common people of Nigeria.
Interestingly, this is not the first election promise by APC/
Buhari that have been jettisoned since they got into office.
The N5,000 unemployment benefits promised the
downtrodden was derisively put down
by this President as “largesse” with the president spurning
the emotional plea of his own wife to the contrary. To add
salt and insult unto injury, he travelled abroad to make the
statement.
Despite the mindless and indefensible hike in fuel price, the
commodity is still not available. Minister of state for
Petroleum says there is no forex to pay for fuel import; yet
there is forex to indulge Buhari’s foreign-trip profligacy.
Presidential spin doctors and APC chieftains labouring to
hoodwink the people speak glibly of how so-called
deregulation will make products available, reduce cost
through competition and the interplay of market forces as
well as encourage private sector to build more refineries.
But thank God who loves Nigerians so much, the lies of
these people was by divine arrangement, I suppose,
revealed by no less a person than the junior minister Ibe
Kachikwu himself when he said importation of fuel
continues till 2019.
Nigerians should be reminded that the manner of hardship
being faced now was also faced during Buhari’s first coming
as a military dictator when people had to queue for
essential commodities. Now, Nigerians can’t even afford
common tomato to prepare soup.
So Nigerians you have heard the truth: Under Buhari/APC, it
is almost certain that our suffering will continue till 2019.
Nigerians, remember I warned you before Buhari was
elected; I have been warning you since Buhari became
president and I am warning now that if nothing is done
urgently, the economy of Nigeria will collapse.
May the good Lord help us but as they say “heaven helps
those who help themselves”.
Mr Ayodele Fayose
Governor, Ekiti State

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