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Pres. Buhari Says Corruption is Cause of Escalating Petrol Subsidies



A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quotes the president as saying that corruption is the reason why Nigeria is forced to spend billions of Naira annually on alleged subsidies for petroleum products.
Here are excerpts from the statement, as reported by Vanguard:
“…The escalation of petroleum subsidy payments over recent years was due to the deliberate neglect of the nation’s refineries, oil pipelines and other related infrastructure to allow the importation of petroleum products and corruption to thrive. They allowed the infrastructure to collapse so that their cronies can steal by bringing in refined products from overseas…”
Buhari subsequently advised the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to “go back to the drawing board” regarding the issue of petroleum subsidy payments.


  1. nene+

    August 26, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The sound of a broken record!!!
    Only in Nigeria is corruption the cause of malaria, headache, heavy rain, scorching sun,cold,ebola, ……? how about factors such as lack of proper planning, insufficient time of study, underrated effects, lack of purified data, training, under staffing,over staffing, poor negotiations etc.

    Over usage of word!

  2. zeebaby

    August 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Honestly, we r tired of hearing this. Remove subsidy! Let us rest abeg. We wld rather pay d difference than endure continuous scarcity.

  3. Funmi

    August 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Say whatever u like but God is working something out for the general masses of the country Nigeria. Broken record or not the fact remain that we are getting rid of corruption in all area. some of u, ur parent stole what belongs to every one of us and u live as if good life and living large is mainly for u……….No we are all entitled to at least basic things of life. So keep ranting President Buhari is working for the masses…..tell ur parent to ma mugudu mugudu

    • nene+

      August 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      @ Funmi bla bla bla…..and the Catier wrist watch Buhari wife spots can buy how many wrist watches for how many Nigerians?

      Tell me the source of her 13 million naira time piece other than a sharp practice??????

      How much is a room in Surrey

      Saloon runners of madam Buhari standard don’t buy 13 million wrist watch, if a gift was it given to her by a pastor??? Or an oil bunker?

      Keep singing your bla bla bla ………….

    • Finest

      August 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      You are very dense @Funmi, soo, anyone who is not for Buhari is a politicians child? Which school did you go by the way?

  4. flip23

    August 26, 2015 at 11:16 am

    can this guy stop telling us what we already know.
    you were elected to FIX things, not tell us things we know. And by the way the petroleum industry is the way it is thanks to his friends, sponsors and godfathers.

  5. miss Pynk

    August 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Outside of probing and telling us who did what, please what exactly has Buhair done since he came to power? Please do not say electricity…becaue that got better immediately Jonathan left power – evidence that Jonathan had laid the ground work and some people were frustrating his efforts.

    I am nowhere near being team Jonathan but this “mommy, that’s the man that stole my ice cream, sausage and meat pie” governance is getting ridiculous. What is the way foward for a better economy and a better standard of living for the Average Nigerian? Oil is below $40 per barrel, china may kill us all as we are so damn dependent on them.

    Buhari please stop looking back befor you turn to salt like Lot’s wife in the bible. Let’s look forward.

  6. Mostest

    August 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Miss pynk, how do you know the way forward without identifying the problems and blocking loop holes. Do you think a country’s problems are solved in months? Do you build a house from the roof? The reason Nigeria is the this way is simply problems. You only solve them by finding the root cause. Already there’s a shift in the mindset of politicians and appointees, when people change then things will change. If Buhari builds 1000 hospitals and schools, with the existing Nigerian structure it will still fail. He’s not even done 6 months. Smh

  7. Professor X

    August 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Stating the obvious much??? Which Nigerian cannot tell you that the lack of full functioning and adequate numbers of refineries within the country is part of the fuel problem.. Of course, this is because of corruption.

  8. Lol

    August 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Its so hard to pls Nigerians chai.
    Buhari pls continue to tell us. I like being informed

  9. Confuzzled

    August 26, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Proffer solutions Mr. President. As our leader that’s really all we need from you at this point. The problems in Nigeria have been discussed and dissected ad nauseam,

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