Fuel subsidy will not be removed now, says Lawan after closed-door meeting with Buhari

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has assured Nigerians that subsidy on Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, will not be removed for now as being reported by some social and conventional media.

Mr Lawan stated this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, Mr Buhari has not authorised anybody to remove fuel subsidy as speculated in some quarters.

He said: “Well, it will be of interest to Nigerians to hear what I’ve come to discuss with Mr President among several other things. Many of us are very concerned with the recent agitations and protests.

According to him, even though the subsidy on PMS is heavy, the burden cannot be transferred to ordinary citizens.

Mr Lawan insisted that he wasn’t convinced that Nigerians consume that much a day, adding that there may be some level of sabotage involved.

Mr Lawan lauded the president for always showing concern over the plight of Nigerians.

On recent remarks by some state governors, calling for immediate removal of the fuel subsidy, Mr Lawan said: “Well, that’s their opinion. And they had their time. They should have done something about it.

On the new electoral bill vetoed by the president, Lawan expressed optimism that an amended electoral bill maybe returned to the president next week for his assent.

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