According to Yusuf Shehu, a member of the APC and former legislator, he believes that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was aware of the individuals involved in fuel subsidy fraud, but chose not to arrest them immediately.
Shehu, who previously worked with the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed that removing the subsidy was necessary after depriving Nigerians of good governance for the past few decades.
He urged Nigerians to be patient and trust that the government had no other choice but to remove the subsidy.
Shehu compared the subsidy to a disease that needed to be treated promptly, stating that all Nigerians would benefit from it in the future.
President Tinubu, the APC chieftain said, has been in active politics for over 30 years and knew the necessity of taking such a difficult decision a few hours after his swearing-in.
However, he conceded that the President should have considered palliative measures before announcing the removal.
He expressed confidence that the administration’s economic team and policy makers were working day and night to proffer solutions to the hardship that Nigerians are currently going through.
Commenting on suggestions that President Tinubu should have gone after the fuel subsidy thieves since they are known to the government instead of inflicting so much pain and hardship on Nigerians, the former legislator said, “I believe that President Tinubu knew about the fuel subsidy cabals but it is not advisable to start arresting people at the inception of his government.”
“I agree that those people should be arrested because the government has their data. President Tinubu also has all the forces of coercion at his disposal; so maybe after he has established his government since he just submitted the mistrial nominees list to the national assembly, he will discuss the matter at the federal executive council meeting and see how he can bring these people to book,” he added.