The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has opposed the proposition for the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.
The PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, told the Punch in Abuja on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would be committing a sin to remove the subsidy which would inflict more hardship on Nigerians.
He said the advice by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the fuel subsidy removal would not be helpful to Nigerians.
Odeyemi said, “It is a sin to add to the burden of the suffering masses of Nigeria, especially at this time when food, employment and security of lives and property have been a problem.
“The IMF dictation, for whatever reason, cannot work in Nigeria, and I am sure Nigerians will reject any hardship at this time.”
IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, had on Thursday, during the opening ceremony of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC advised Nigeria to remove fuel subsidy and use the savings to upgrade social infrastructure.