Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have urged the federal government to shelve the idea of fuel subsidy removal totally.
It would be recalled that the idea of removal of subsidy on petroleum has been a topic of discussion among many Nigerians for many years.
It is, however publicly heard that the federal government recently said that it has shelved the idea of removal of subsidy till the next 18 months.
Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) in its reaction, however, advised the government “to shelve the idea totally”.
It noted that this is in the interest of the poor Nigerians who are in the majority.
MMPN Chairman in Oyo State, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, in a communiqué released at the end of the monthly meeting of the association held at the premises of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in Ibadan, the group urged the Federal Government to concentrate more on ensuring that all refineries resuscitated.
He added that any attempt to remove the subsidy whether now or later will compound the array of problems in the country.
Fasasi said, “The association appreciated the federal government for suspending the planned removal of fuel subsidy following the public outcry.
“Burden of hike in fuel pump price at the last stage of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is tantamount to inflicting more hardship on the suffering masses.
“It urged the Federal Government to concentrate more on ensuring that all refineries are put to 100 percent utilization, which will permanently address the tales of fuel subsidy.” He added.