Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has hinted at the fuel subsidy removal if elected president next year.
He said no amount of agitation would deter him from taking such step, noting that the Nigerian Government is subsidising fuel consumption in neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Niger, and Benin Republic.
Tinubu made this confession through a statement by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu Media Office on Friday.
The former Governor of Lagos State assured that the country’s security architecture would be rejigged to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Speaking on fuel subsidy, he vowed to introduce policies that would bring about economic prosperity and thereby abolish fuel subsidy regime.
He said, “How can we be subsidising fuel consumption of Cameroon, of Niger, of Benin Republic. No matter how long you protest, we are going to remove subsidy,” he emphatically stated.
On Security he said, “first, the primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives, properties, and prosperity of its citizens. As Governor of Lagos, fixing the difficult security situation I inherited was the first item on my list.
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“Only after we secured the state and changed its reputation for the better, could we embark on the economic reforms that have ultimately produced the vibrant and active megacity of today.
“I am committed to securing Nigerians from violence and the fear of such violence. Terror, kidnapping and banditry have no place in the society I envision. Upon entering office, we will move to implement several measures:
“We will increase the numbers of our military and non-military security forces. Specialist anti-terrorist battalions with integrated special forces units shall also be established.
“Our Critical National Infrastructure Protection Plan will deploy aerial and ground surveillance technology to surveil the most dangerous areas and secure our country’s vital national infrastructure and installations.
“We shall acquire and upgrade the tactical communications and mobility of our troops and security personnel. We must also devote greater attention to the care and welfare of our military and security forces who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe.