…Says he’s not sponsored by any individual
Former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has said the recent hike in fuel price and the increment in the electricity tariff in Nigeria is unacceptable.
Addressing a press conference in Ibadan on Sunday, after his tour of projects embarked upon by Governor Seyi Makinde, Kayode also said he was not been sponsored by any individual nor representing anyone but embarking on the tour on its own volition.
He urge the federal government to as a matter of necessity do better than it is currently doing in tackling the hardship facing Nigerians
“The prices and hike are unacceptable in any civilized society. And at a time that COVID -19 has just afflicted the nation and our people, governments all over the world are offering palliatives to their people to ensure that the effects of COVID-19, apart from it on health, it also has on the economy and the people, they are trying to ameliorate that to ensure that the people do not go down, and do not suffer the consequences’ of the terrible disease.
“But, in Nigeria, the opposite has happened. Even though we have the consequences of COVID-19 and Covid is still with us, we also have the heavy yoke of economic depression and complete destruction of our economy, high prices, fuel prices are high, electricity prices are high, everything has shut up and in some cases, up to 200 percent, how do you explain that and how do you expect the average income earner or those who don’t have work to be able to afford a bag of rice.”
“So, it is really a sad situation and I really want to urge the federal government to do their best and do far better than they are doing. I am not going to sit here and attack anybody, this is not about partisan politics here, it is about our nation, it is about our people, the quality of life of our people.
Continuing, he said: “Nigerians are not brought into this world to suffer; we are already been described as the poverty capital of the word and this dishonorable title is conferred on us years back”.
On his tour of projects embarked upon by some state governors in the country, he said he is embarking on the tour ” to have firsthand views on issues so as to make an informed comments and remarks when writing or speaking on issues as it relates to the country”.
“For me, it is important to be able to make decision, write articles, make commentaries and even involve myself in commentaries. And also contribute to the political dynamics of the country and evolving situation in our country and I’ll like to be able to make assertions based on facts, not on what I have been told or what I read from the newspapers or see on the television but what I see with my own eyes. That is very important and that is the first reason why I needed to be very progressive with what my friends are doing in their states.”