Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has described any attempt to remove fuel subsidy as as anti-people programme, saying it’s unacceptable because it would lead to untold hardship to the common man.
Sani said this in Kaduna during a courtesy visit to former Governor of the defunct Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, at his residence.
Noting that he had always struggled against the removal of subsidy through his involvement with civil rights movements, he said: “I remain so, I believe that fuel needs to be subsidised from the very fact that if it is removed, it will lead to untold hardship for the common man.
“Most importantly, we need to get our refineries back on track; we also need to ensure that fraudulent companies and personalities do not exploit our position on subsidy to defraud the nation.”
According to the Senator, subsidy was very necessary to Nigeria “because most nations were giving subsidy to their citizens which was very necessary, and my position remained like that”.
While lamenting the crisis rocking the National Assembly on the issue of alleged forgery in the senate rules, Sani said: “I got elected to the 8th Senate, I was provided with a document that I use, whether that document was forged, I cannot affirm it if it is forged.
On National Assembly crisis he noted: “What I am saying, I believe the crisis rocking the Nation Assembly will be resolved. There are people who are committed to seeing that the problem is addressed.
“But the forgery problem is not the issue of the police but the issue of the senate.
“It is very painful after winning the election, the APC senators are still divided among themselves.
“We should bury our differences to work together, though some senators still have those differences, but I am not one of them, and not one of those who went and elected the new leadership of the senate.”
According to him, so much had been said on the crisis rocking the National Assembly which was not in the best interest of the parliament, government and the whole country.
“I belong to those who believe we have to bury our differences so that the country can move forward and continue with our legislative duties. I have a commitment to those who elected me as a senator,” Sani added.