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Presidency Replies Goodluck Jonathan

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,  Femi Adesina, on Friday said Nigerians did not protest when the present administration increased the pump price of petrol to N145 per litre because of the trust they have in President Muhammadu Buhari.

In apparent response to a statement credited to ex-President Jonathan that those who criticised him for making petrol N87 are not speaking now that Buhari has made it N143, Adesina said:
“When petrol went to N145 under PMB, Nigerians held their peace, unlike when they shut the country in 2012. The difference is trust. Simple.”

Jonathan’s administration had in 2012 increased fuel price from N67 to N97 per litre but reduced it to N87 in January 2015, following a nationwide protest.

Speaking on Thursday, Jonathan had said, “My government was severely criticised for increasing the pump price of petroleum from N67 to N97 at a time that global crude price was going for over $100.

“The pump price was later reduced to N87 when the price of crude oil dropped and they attacked us that it was supposed to be lower.

“Those who criticised my administration are not talking again now that the global crude oil is about $53 per barrel and the pump price of petrol is N143.”


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