Illegal Fuel Subsidy Payment: Opposition Youths Tackle Buhari

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Youths of opposition Peoples Democratic Party have called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari for illegally authorising funds for subsidy payment without recourse to the 2017 Appropriation Act and the National Assembly.

The youths under the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party National Youth League (PDPNYL) in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Inioribo Tamunotonye and Publicity Secretary Zainab Al’Amin, frowned that President Buhari has practically taken Nigeria as his personal estate where he does things according to his whims without recourse to appropriate institutions.

The statement reads;

“The attention of Peoples Democratic Party National Youth League has been drawn to a statement credited to the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru where he was quoted to have said that President Muhammadu Buhari authorised the NNPC to pay TWENTY-SIX NAIRA (N26) to petrol marketers for every litre as subsidy payment without recourse to the National Assembly that is statutorily empowered to determine such and the 2017 Appropriation Act.

We find the action of the President as strange, illegal and fraudulent considering that it was the same man who only in 2016 ended the fuel subsidy regime and went further to ensure that it was not considered in the 2017 Appropriation bill that he presented before the National Assembly. It is shocking that the President neither presented the proposal for the subsidy payment before the National Assembly, National Economic Council nor the Federal Executive Council for consideration before giving approval to the GMD like he owns the resources of Nigeria.

We make no mistake to state that the singular reason the subsidy was illegally brought through the backdoor and shrouded in secrecy by the President and his cohorts is to allow for perpetuation of fraud and to steal our common wealth without detection from any quarter.

We urge members of the National Assembly to not just focus attention on quizzing the NNPC GMD who is just a front for the President, but to put aside party consideration and summon the courage to commence impeachment proceedings against Muhammadu Buhari for gross misconduct and his subsequent prosecution for fraud.

Nigeria is not the personal estate of the President, he has broken the law and must be made to face the consequences”.

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