The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has joined other Nigerians to condemn Wednesday’s increase in the pump price of petrol from N86.50k per litre to N145 per litre.
In a statement he issued on Thursday, Senator Sani described the decision by the NNPC to increase the pump price as insensitive and provocative.
“Its most unfortunate that at a time when poor Nigerians are facing enormous economic hardships and are being asked to be more patient, all the NNPC could do is to add to their suffering.
“It is utterly irrational and illogical to further impoverish the people in order to achieve liberal self-serving liberal economic aspirations.
“It is all evidenced that capitalist forces are holding the Federal Government hostage and are blackmailing it to implement its inimical version of economic reforms,” Senator Sani said.
He went further to say that it makes no sense if everyone must perish in order to revamp the economy, adding that economic reforms are necessary but must be done with a human face and human heart if it is made in the interest of human beings.
While describing the increase in pump price of petrol as a social provocation, Senator Sani called on President Muhammadu Buhari to weigh in on the NNPC to rescind the decision.
He also warned the Federal Government not to take the patience, sacrifice and goodwill of Nigerians for granted.