Oil Crisis: Buhari demands immediate reduction in fuel prices

Muhammadu Buhari

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has called on the Nigerian government to implement immediate price reduction on fuel products to reflect the downscaling in global oil prices.

Speaking through his campaign organization, the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, on Monday, Mr. Buhari asked the government to “stop stealing from Nigerians and allow them enjoy the relief that has come to consumers of petroleum products globally”.

A statement from the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APC presidential campaign said it was disturbing that in spite of the fall in the global price of crude oil, Nigerians still buy petroleum products at pump prices as if the global price of crude oil had remained at $100 (USD) per barrel.

The statement said: “The current attempt by the government to deregulate the prices of some petroleum products has been completely compromised to satisfy few money bags to the detriment of the Nigerian people and the economy.

“The price of diesel which has been deregulated since 2009 still sells at the pump price of N150 and N170 per litre, the same pump price when the international benchmark per barrel of crude was over $100. Now that the international benchmark has dropped to $47.5 (USD) per barrel as at Monday, we ask: where is the deregulation and the relief which it ought to bring to local consumers of diesel?

“For the Nigerian consumers, unfortunately the collapse of crude oil price since October 2014 has not translated into any change in diesel, kerosene and PMS prices across the country.

“We challenge the federal government to reconcile the information on the website of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency, indicating the maximum open market price of diesel per litre in December 2014 as being at N111.6 and the fact that the price has come down to less than $50 (USD) as at Monday.

“We want to posit that that the maximum indicative benchmark open consumers of diesel should pay is at a margin below N100 per litre. Therefore, Nigerians are being short-changed by about N50 to N70 on every litre of diesel sold by government.

“The implication of this is that with average consumption of about 12 to 15 million litres, Nigerians are currently extorted of amounts between N600 Million to N1 Billion daily due to corruption-induced poor regulatory oversight of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. No wonder some few industry players are smiling to the banks and buying private jets while small scale industrialists who buy diesel on daily basis for power generation and transportation find it difficult to break-even with their businesses.

“Similarly on Kerosene, information available on the website of the PPPRA puts the Open Market Price at N114.71 per litre although the market price is anything above N150 per litre when the global price for a barrel of crude oil was $65 (USD). Now that international price of crude is at $47.5 (USD) per barrel, why are Nigerians still buying kerosene per litre at the same price? Why are Nigerians not benefitting from the global shortfall in the prices of crude by having a cut in the pump prices of petroleum products?

“We are aware that there are examples in other African countries where governments have cut the pump prices of petroleum products to reflect the changes in the global oil market. Countries like South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya have announced cuts in pump prices of petroleum products, why can’t the Nigerian government do same?
“Given the failure of government to do the right thing by announcing a cut in the pump prices of these products, we are compelled to draw the conclusion that the federal government is short-changing Nigerians ostensibly to fund the campaign of the PDP presidential candidate.

“The APC Presidential Campaign challenges the federal government to make explanations on why Nigerians cannot benefit pricing reliefs on petroleum products as occasioned by the fall in the global price of crude oil. Anything should of this is a fraud and Nigerians should take note.

“As for PMS (petrol) the only product the government agrees as regulated at N97 per litre, the irony is that it does not even cost much as in the United States, a country that was importing oil from Nigeria until recently.
“Moreover, even the current budget is still heavy on subsidy with an allocation of N458.68 billion, a scheme that has become a conduit pipe over the years for which the children of ruling party leaders have been beneficiaries.”


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  • Prof. Wole Soyinka

    Rubbish ………. Buhari’s and APC’s stand against the passage of the PIB is far worse than the delay in reducing fuel prices.

    Papa go home ……. our time don pass !!!

    • tundemash

      Impostor, using Wole Soyinka’s name, is it not right that ordinary Nigerians should enjoy the reduction in the global oil price just as they were made to pay for the increae in global oil price over the years ?

      • malik shaibu

        shut up janjaweed brain why does the APC legislators stand against the passage of the PIB since it claims to be so pro Nigeria.Confusionists trying to use your evil propaganda to bring down our nation

        • kday

          Yea Moron, Because they are more learned than your thieving PDP. PIB Bill is a complex document that must be careful drafted to avoid crisis and issues later down the road. Go educate yourself.

          • malik shaibu

            hahahahahaha you are really in dire need of education,sorry oooo because i know you are messed up upstairs

        • tundemash

          cl0wn ……

          1. Do you just throw terms around without knowing the meaning ? what has PIB got to do with falling prices of oil. How come PIB didn’t affect govt. increasing pump price ?
          I guess PIB is also responsible for the epileptic electricity supply???
          2. Do PDP not control the majority in the Senate and House of Rep again ? How come same APC legislators were not powerful enough to stop te increment in pump price in 2012 ? Olodo !

      • _Proudly Niger Deltan

        Wole should be glad that someone is using his name bcos he too is a certificateless Prof…abi you don forget say him be PhD drop out? …Which mean to say he couldn;t complete his PhD bcos of his directionless or if you like, spastic rascal-ism…this is very much unlike the gentle fisherman Noble who sat down to read, research and complete his studies …and above all obtain a certificate to SHOW for the efforts.

        By the way, where has Bokohari been all these years that Farouk De Dollar & useless Otedola swindled the whole of Nigeria? Why has he not demanded an immediate arrest or prosecution of Farouk & Otedola? Is it bcos Farouk is Fulani & Otedola from an allied APC ethnic nationality? Bokohari should dissipate more energy looking for his certificate…that is what matters to continent Nigerians now…bcos some of us are going to court to challenge his candidacy and prosecute him for fraud.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        That is one user that should be banned by PT and other forums because this is a clear case of fraud and impersonation, but then, that is the PDP trademark.

    • kday

      Yea Moron, Because they are more learned than your thieving PDP. PIB Bill is a complex document that must be careful drafted to avoid crisis and issues later down the road. Go educate yourself prof. wannabe.

    • Wale

      Have you ever had of identity theft?
      Well anything goes in the jungle; In the US, you’re toying with ten years in the can.
      You’re posting using the man’s name and picture. Think about it bro.

  • Ekwekwe

    The semi-illiterate is playing to the gallery again. Britain is a major oil producer but the best pump price is currently 99.9 pence (approximated to £1) or 290 naira per litre. Given that Nigeria imports refined oil from the international market, how does what the British pay compare with 170 naira per litre paid at the pump by Nigerians. What we need is to give licences to investors to build their own refineries and compete to offer the best price to Nigerians.

    • Better Clues

      That price was higher than this 6 months ago. It was 130p so it has dropped. so why is Nigeria’s price not dropping especially for diesel that had no subsidy

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Please don’t mind the financial illiterate.

        • Ekwekwe

          Oh, how literate! First point, the British were paying £1.30 (377 naira) per litre as against Nigerians paying 170 naira (both countries are oil producers). Second point, even when the price per litre falls, the British pay the equivalent of 290 naira (120 naira more than what Nigerians pay). Third point, “financial literacy” calls for your asking, how does Nigeria pay for that difference in price. Despite the fall in crude oil (unlike other countries), Nigeria is still subsidizing every litre of fuel. What you’re asking for is for government to continue to increase the subsidy, making nonsense the fact that the fall in oil price has consequently reduced the amount of subsidy Nigeria currently pays. I maintain that what Nigeria needs is to have independently-owned refineries in Nigeria, refining oil in Nigeria, cutting the cost of shipping, cutting off the involvement of government (and corruption) from the marketing of oil. And generating employment. Perhaps this may add to your already rich “financial literacy.”

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Don’t mind that m0r0n.
            His momentum has been greatly slowed on this forum since some of us exposed his hypocrisy sometime ago.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Ifebuche, my online dog!

            It is good to hear you barking again.

            Have you grown new teeth or has Mr. Jonothing given you a new set of false mandibles assembled by Innoson and distributed by Elumelu?

            Oh, joy to the toothless pet dog Ifebuche!

          • ben

            @Ekwekwe, u don’t equate Britain and Nigeria as same Oil producing Nations. Britain hardly exports the same amount of barrels compared to Nigeria’s exports. Even the populace are clamoring for further reduction in pump prices relative to the current global price of crude oil. Moreover the high cost of petrol and other associated products is a direct result of high import taxes levied on petroleum products by Governments.
            Government relies on taxpayers money and they account for what is spent and we enjoy the benefits.What has been the effect of the deregulation of pump prices since the increase in 2012 till date to the masses. More so, Nigerians expect a turn around in the level of production of our refineries till date, yet no improvement.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Another disciple of the voodoo economic theory of Okonjonomics!

            The UK is not at par with Nigeria as an oil producer and hardly qualifies for the title.

            Just so that you can get your price right, the price per litre for Unleaded Fuel is now below £1.00 in some places today and EON has announced a 3.5% slash in its bills with immediate effects this morning too.

            And for your elucidation, the price paid per litre for fuel in the UK is 75% taxed.

            Do your Maths again before you start turning logic upside down. Your perverted and convoluted sense of apportionment does not inspire any confidence in your submission.

          • Uwem

            I do not get what you mean by UK is not at par with Nigeria as an oil producer. In any case you claim: “The price paid per litre for fuel in the UK is 75% taxed.” But Nigeria is not taxing but paying subsidy on oil sold in Nigeria. To ask to lower pump prices, you’re asking for the increase in subsidy while other nations are taxing the same product. You sound to me like another London rat, who wants Nigeria to be like New York but will resist paying your bills, in other words, another social benefit cheat living in UK.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            @Uwem, this “London rat” can feed you and your entire family of PDPe-pigs for the next five years, no sweat.

            That you are too dumb to know the meaning of deregulation is your problem.

            Even if subsidy is being paid, it should be to ensure the “importers of refined fuel” do not lose out. That the international price of crude and refined product is dropping would inform even a primary school student that the differentials would also drop and reduce any “subsidy” – read slush fund for Jonothing and co.

            The only reason this is not changing in Nigeria is because it reduces the amount that can be stolen.

            But I guess, like your other Ph.D holder, you are too dumb to see or appreciate the difference.

          • VOTEoutGEJ!

            If you are literate as you claimed to be, you will never compare Britain with Nigeria. Compare what Nigerians are paying at the pump to what is obtainable in other OPEC countries. You people always do things upside down to score points.

          • Better Clues

            You missed the point: There is no subsidy on Diesel, so what is stopping the price reduction on Diesel. Go to PPPRA website and check under AGO template, the price should be N111.6 for a liter of diesel. Why are the filling stations selling at N165?

        • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

          Expired illiterate.
          ShowYourOgaDertificate
          He wants to use the army to reduce oil price.
          Mumu following mumu

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Ifebuche my online dog is ‘bark’ here barking again!

            Woof, woof!!

            Roll over, wag your tail, play dead, play dumb!!!

            No doggy bones for you today.

            Scat.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Six months ago?
        What was the oil price then?
        Don’t be smart by half hypocrite.

    • Separate Us…

      Hope u know the difference between developed n underdeveloped countries before u compare the two sir

  • Gideon Orkar

    this is why we say only people with minimum qualifications should apply to be President. #Failbuari we are fighting a war and we need all the revenue we can get to continue the infrastructural development of the country. You dont know how much weapons cost because you never bought any during your time.

    Almajiri economics

    • tundemash

      Get some education and stop feeding fat on propaganda. Below are details of arms bought by Nigerian govt.

      elombah(dot)com/detail.php?world=28931

      • Gideon Orkar

        bought on paper

    • kday

      Na wa o! Am sure you can do better than this explanation you vomited. Haba! So you guys swindled Nigerians to fight Boko Haram? Nice try but we are wiser than that. Believe me You, Dumbo and Co. are not going to survive this…politically.

    • Ebele Factory Child

      Buhari graduated from the United States War College and the school
      confirmed his graduation (an equivalent of M.Sc.) in 1980 just
      yesterday. If the career Jonathanians aren’t that daft, they will know
      that having a hire degree is the set while the lower qualification is
      the sub-set. Since they are out of ideas and they won’t even produce
      their own Primary School Leaving Certificate they are so obsessed with,
      they must repeat their propaganda like a broken record. Nigerians are
      wiser now!
      Much as one would love to leave them to make mockery of
      themselves, the more compelled one is to point out their idiotic
      behavior and stupidity because lies repeated continuously may be taken
      as the truth.
      Where is our $20billion missing money? Where is the report of the forensic audit promised to be released mid-November 2014?

      • Gideon Orkar

        the school confirmed it s an equivalent of MSc? Did you read the story upside down?

    • Martins Oluma Ajiake

      The made in China weapons?

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    Don’t worry Baba Buhari Oyoyo.
    By 2019 if you are still able to campaign we can give you the mandate so that you reduce the pump price with Nigerian military after they must have helped you reduce oil price and naira decline.

    • Martins Oluma Ajiake

      By that 2019 Nigeria would be ten times better under Buhari.

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    COMPLETE NONSENSE!!!…..Why not order the immediate arrest & prosecution of Farouk De Dollar?
    ================================================================================

    By the way, where has Bokohari been all these years that Farouk De Dollar & useless Otedola swindled the whole of Nigeria with their oil subsidy scam? Why has he not demanded an immediate arrest or prosecution of Farouk & Otedola? Is it bcos Farouk is Fulani & Otedola from an allied APC ethnic nationality? Bokohari should dissipate more energy looking for his certificate…that is what matters to continent Nigerians now…bcos some of us are going to court to challenge his candidacy and prosecute him for fraud.

    Maybe Bokohari feels all Nigerians are certificateless or probably have an IQ so ‘high’ as to be required to score 2 marks for admission to schools where the ideal marks is 135. Nonsense. Complete nonsense!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      You don’t need to worry your head.

      If he is Mr. President that is what he would have done.

      Now can you ask the person who is pretending to be Mr. President the same question and let us see his reaction?

      • _Proudly Niger Deltan

        “If he is”…Well, he will never be. For your information, I have bought a wonderful alarm clock which I am able to program into my dreams…so that even if I see Bokohari as President in my night dreams, the alarm is able to wake me up immediately before the dream becomes a nightmare. I can show you where to buy the alarm clock. You need it. Nonsense!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          lol

          Keep sleeping and hoping your Innoson alarm clock will wake you up!

          You better follow the lead of your soon-to-be Ex-President Jonothing and buy another one from Mr. Tony Elumelu.

          The coming of President Buhari would indeed be a nightmare for theives.

          • Martins Oluma Ajiake

            Innoson is an assembly motor company. Parts brought from China. I promise u Bro. U ll never find me dead in one.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, bruv.

            I was aware of that pretension.

            In my opinion, Innoson would be better suited assembling clocks.

    • kday

      Do you even read the rubbish you write? Is APC the party in control of the Government and all its security agencies? what has your Dumbo done about all the corruption that surrounds him? No dey open your yansh like that a beg.

      • _Proudly Niger Deltan

        From the days of MKO Abiola at ITT till now, the continent of Nigeria suffereth from corruption…Did you not celebrate MKO? Did you not vote for OBJ who himself was an accomplice in the ITT fraud? Did you not even vote for the MKO for presidency?…Or are you telling me Fela was wrong or just joking when he sang about ITT?…But you people did not consider the missing monies at ITT as stealing. You called it corruption or mismanagement….and when Dr Jonathan reminds you that corruption is not stealing, you turn around to say you do not understand.

        I tell you this day as always, until you make culpability for corruption, prosecution and punishment thereof retroactive, continent Nigeria will continue to set world records in corruption and people like Farouk & Otedola will continue to fly their private jets and use VIP lounge at our airports when such miscreants (if found guilty) should be in jail. So your shouting about Great Jona is simply nonsensical and noise in the ear of those old enough to remember our history. Nonsense!

        • Separate Us…

          If i get u right, the corruption should continue!

    • Mr. Abdin

      If you are talking about faruk and otedola which of the political party were they working for ? Is it not the PDP.

      • -Proudly Niger Deltan

        Which political party did Kwakwananso, Tambuwalwalh etc work for from 1999 till Jonathan bcom President? Bcos Nigerian presidency must be between North & West? abi? My friend, you jam rock. You dey hear me so? I say you jam rock. This space called Nigeria is for all who live in it…and anyone, just anyone from any tribe can be president for 8 yrs…and your consent is not necessary. Get that clear…and be reminded that there are more people in Delta state than Norway…and I guess you understand the meaning of that.

        • Raqruq

          out of order, next!!!

          • _Proudly Niger Delta

            Which order? That Nigeria must be governed by ex-military men and/or their relatives? Parley, you jam rock…heavy immovable rock. Nigerian Presidency is north North Korean dynasty. You call yourselves majority tribes but all you constitute is trouble & violence here and there. Nonsense!

  • dudu

    An issue-based campaign, lets sit back and watch how the Jonathanians will respond to this.

  • warry

    Now this what we are saying that the debate is all about different understandings. In the first place Govt should not be fixing any prices. The Govt wants to hands of these matters, that is why it is talking deregulation, otherwise called removal of subsidy

  • Eze1

    ……Dont expect them to reduce it because that is where they do chop chop

  • Curiousity

    I thought Buhari would be concerned more about the over 2,115 persons killed in Baga…So, the campaign is more important?

    • kday

      Is your Dumbo concerned? Buhari is the only one that has actually shown compassion with is words and actions. Meanwhile Dumbo is busy abusing his elders in Ibadan. Please go and help him clean the cobwebs from his mansion in Otuoke…he should be home soon.

      • Martins Oluma Ajiake

        31 more days

    • Mr. Abdin

      What has your clueless GEJ said about the Baga killings?

      • Martins Oluma Ajiake

        GEJ. As the guts to denounce the 12 people kill by islamist in france. But not say anything in regards to the over 2000 Nigerians in baga. Who until this morning cnn reporting that bodies of this is still laying on street. And to conclude their reporting Diana the correspondence said it seems Cameron were doing a better job confronting the boko haram than the Nigeria soldiers. I stand by our soldiers, that they remain the best on groundbattle soldiers in the world. It’s just unfortunate that this clueless govt ll not give them the right weapons.

    • tijan kabba

      GMB took time during his campaign to talk abt BAGA, you would do well to verify that. what has the one who has the mandate of protecting them done?

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    The fall of global oil prices
    below the budget benchmark of many countries has sent virtually led to economic
    crisis across many countries of the world. However, in a bid to insulate the economy from falling crude oil
    prices, the Federal Government announced far-reaching policy measures to deal
    with the crashing crude oil prices, slashing 2015 oil benchmark.
    The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr
    NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, said: “As part of the response to falling oil prices, the
    Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Budget 2015 proposal to the
    National Assembly have been revised”.
    We know that very soon, with the knowledge of workings and governmental inter-relations, making of a bill by the executive, presentation to National Assembly and the delay passage system, Government will announce the reduction of the oil price.

  • Mr. Abdin

    GMB you are right the govt needs to explain to Nigerians what they are using the money for?

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    The fall of global oil prices
    below the budget benchmark of many countries has sent virtually led to economic
    crisis across many countries of the world. However, in a bid to insulate the economy from falling crude oil
    prices, the Federal Government announced far-reaching policy measures to deal
    with the crashing crude oil prices, slashing 2015 oil benchmark.
    The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr
    NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, said: “As part of the response to falling oil prices, the
    Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Budget 2015 proposal to the
    National Assembly have been revised”.We
    know that very soon, with the knowledge of workings and governmental
    inter-relations, making of a bill by the executive, presentation to
    National Assembly and the delay passage system, Government will announce
    the reduction of the oil price soon.

    • Martins Oluma Ajiake

      It falls automatically. U don’t need a meeting to bring down oil prices. It’s uunfortunate that Nigeria has no govt. I pay half of Wat I normally pay for fueling my car here in Germany. It also goes as well as the things u buy from the supermarkets. There are price discounts every here. I can wait to see it fall to under 30$ per barrel. After all Wat did Oga Jonathan do to help Nigerians when a barrel was 110$

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Germany has a robust inter-governmental relations. Here in Nigeria bureaucracies were built everywhere by the past military administrations but the present administration is gradually unboundling the red-tapism.
        Sooner than later, GEJ administration will make the dreams of our fore-fathers realised. GEJ we will vote for continuity.

    • tijan kabba

      It didnt take them this long to jack those prices up, why all this grammar in reducing it.

    • tijan kabba

      soon Oil prices would be reduced, soon the President would end corruption, soon the sponsors of Boko Haram would be named. Who do they think they are deceiving

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        You are entitled to only one vote. Millions of Nigerians who are aware that GEJ is better GMB are already supporting GEJ policies and are ready to vote him again. Join GEJ train if you want to get to your destination.

        • peter omisakin

          you are deceiving yourself. Go and live for 48hours in maiduguri and let see if you will come back alive. Millions of nigeria are never ready to vote for the evil man again. maybe you want to multiply yourself into millions.

          Only with PDP things are difficult to achieve. As educated we are in nigeria, they will present everything to us that it is difficult. What has been difficult for PDP governors to achieve for many years, when APC governors took over in 2011, they achieve it easily. I can boldly tell you that it is not difficult to change nigeria for good. A sensible president can change nigeria for good in three months. We did not want to become wealthy, what we are saying is that we want a system that will make citizen to have money to live good life which is very easy to achieve. For example, in the UK, the government stop work permit for foreign students. Despite that their country is already develop, but because they want to solve unemployment issue, the government put out a lot of project and commanded the UK companies never to employ foreigners without work permit. because government has stopped work permit for the foreigners, the companies were forced to employ UK citizens.

          in nigeria they will tell you it is not easy to solve unemployment. Now 1pound = 5ghanian cedis but 1pound = N286. very sad.

          It is easy solve unemployment, it is very easy to solve power problem, it very easy to pay work benefit, it is very easy to pay health benefit. Any nigeria government that present it has difficult to us is a bloody liar.

          If they can forcefully win election, they should forcefully flush boko haram away and change nigeria for good.

          There is no time again for bloody evil people, they must go or God should come and take them away.

          The PDP admnistration has altered a lot of people destiny in nigeria. A brilliant student with good result will finish school despite prayer at church and mosque yet the government administration will never allow him to achieve his destiny. If you think it is devil that block people’s prayer in nigeria, PDP are the devil. They will either leave or GOD will take them away by force. enough is enough.

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Take note, 80% of APC leaders are PDP decampees. I rest my case.

      • ola

        @tijan kabba, they are deceiving otile and tawanda

    • Better Clues

      Crude Oil price have dropped. FG says no subsidy on diesel. PPPRA website says it should not be sold for more than N111.16 yet the filling stations are selling at N165 per litre. who is taking the over N50 margin?. Even that price was crude oil selling at USD60. Now it is below $49. so why is diesel so high. As for petrol on PPPRA site the subsidy as at Dec 29 was only 90Kobo. Dec 29 crude oil price was approximately $60. Now the crude oil price is $49. Question: When shall we get the price reduction? Do not take this as criticism, we just need the FG to respond. And I am sure they would do that soon.

  • Titi

    Dont worry my President, With just 31 days to decide, May 29 is around the corner

  • Tufiakwa

    Oh my oh my. Did they say Bokohari cannot forget his phone number? He just forgot the name of his running-mate in another painful speech in the South East. Check out dailypost dot ng.

  • tijan kabba

    Oil prices have dropped all around the world but i guess GEJ is looking for the technology to use in reducing it here.

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    —-BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!! OPEN YOUR EYES TO SEE THE TRUTH, MY BROTHERS IN THE NORTH!!!

    “Reports
    are flying that Northern leaders who had hitherto supported Buhari may
    be making a U-turn in the February elections after reports that the
    general may be having a serious health problem.

    This is following the online rumors that Buhari collapsed during his presidential campaign rally in Calabar.

    Even though the APC denied the report, it has given cause for worry,
    and the North has become wary, after they were ‘sidelined’ after
    Yar’Adua died in May, 2010 be…fore completing his tenure, a
    development which led to the abrupt shift of power to the South-South
    under the rulership of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

    “The
    North is beginning to rethink the promised support for Buhari in view
    of reports that he is suffering from a certain ailment which is believed
    to be wearing him down. There are also reports that the elders are
    pushing to cut a deal with Jonathan to complete his tenure in 2019 but
    extract a promise that power would be returned to the North via a
    younger and energetic Northerner,” a source said.

    “If anything
    happens to Buhari, power will return to the South-West less than a
    decade after President Obasanjo left Aso Rock. The prospects are grim,
    both for the North and even the South-East that is queuing for their own
    turn,” another Northern top personality is reported as saying”
    —NIGERIAN BULLETIN

  • Kokori

    Oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………Buhari, where is the certiPicate?

    Nigerians all over the country and beyond are waiting. Please no distractions.

  • st

    GEJ WILL VERY SOON LEAVE THE STAGE

  • st

    JONA OR GEJ HAS BEEN STAMMERING IN CAMPAIGN BECAUSE HE IS NOT IN CONTROLL AGAIN

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    General Mohammed Buhari regime was dominated by Muslim officers,
    and no consideration was shown to the issue of restoring diplomatic ties
    with Israel and other neigbouring countries. Because of his hatred to Christianity,
    the government demonstrated a total commitment to anti- Israel policy by
    suspending the Emir of Kano and the Ooni of Ife for their visit to Israel.
    The Emir of Kano was also removed as Chancellor of the University of
    Nigeria, Nsukka.( Nigerian Tribune, 1985 ).

    Infact, it is clear to us all now that GMB is not only a demagogue but Islamic
    fundamentalist who does not qualify to be elected president in a secular
    state like Nigeria. Please, let us all vote against this character(GMB) but to vote
    massively to a liberalist and a democrat
    in the person of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

    GEJ we will give our votes
    again!!

    • Ebele Factory Child

      This GEJ cannot offer anything to nigerians. Please do you ever heard
      GEJ saying anything about NEPA at any of his campaign rallies? Let me
      remind you of something you must have forgotten, GEJ said in 2011
      campaign “if I cannot fix NEPA problem in 4years then I cannot do it
      forever”. Question; did he fixed NEPA in the last 6years as president of
      Nigeria? This is the most useless president in the history of Africa.
      My brother think of your future and that of our children. ok

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        GEJ is already on the process of fixing power. The arrangement is in pipeline. Privatizing the PHCN is not a child play. The companies that bought the company are working round the clock to ensure service delivery to the good people of Nigeria. The minister of power, Able Prof. Chinedu Nebo has been given a wonderful supervision.

        • Walter

          Just keep your mouth shut. Why isn’t the price of fuel dropping? It has already dropped all over the world. Why not in Nigeria? Africa? WHY???

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Go and make research. You are bereft of information.

          • samiis

            Please, do not turn yourself to the likes of Dr. Doyin Okupe here. Let’s not engage ourselves vulgarly, it’s uncivilized… The fact remains that GEJ can’t fix anything.. Forget being a Zoology doctor, he’s got no cerebral disposition to achieve anything reasonable… Leadership has eluded him this time… Vote #Buhari/Osinbajo for the well-deserved CHANGE this Nation needs!

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Your party APC has no convincing manifestoe which is the basis of winning election. You cannot impose your candidate(GMB) on Nigerians. Nigerians have decided to vote energetic President who has traversed all huddles to put Nigeria on a pace of development within the past four yrs.

          • samiis

            did i hear you say pace of development? perhaps you were struggling to say “pit of development”! You better wake up from your bleakness!

    • mahmudu

      U are not a true christian cos uare not objective with ur sayings I think u dont have religion to follow, so shut up jare never post again.

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        I am not a fundamentalist. I stand by truth whether it has to do with christians or with moslems.
        You need to show manners

        • peter omisakin

          your truth is a lie. The most successful leaders in nigeria are muslim. Fashola, Ajimobi, Aregbesola and other apc representative. these people are more successful than any pdp representative. Now, Ajimobi is going to be the first governor to serve oyo state two time in history because the normal tradition is that nobody can serve oyo state two times but Ajimobi (muslim) was successful and the people are ready to vote for him again. These people are muslims with good brain. So divide nigeria. We would have been the best country in the world if our leaders has implemented good policies because we are well religion. The situation in nigeria now is not about religion. it is about who is capable. It must always be about who is capable in order to promote equality. I always say this, nobody in this life can impose sharia law on nigeria. We have many laguages, we have many culture. without english language, we can never communicate to ourself. Therefore nigeria is far far bigger than anybody in this life. If want good life for the future of your children and enrtire family, it is better you vote for change. American youths vote for change by supporting a sensible black man and the youth future is bright. Therefore nigerian too must vote for change so that our next generation can say ‘God bless Nigeria’ like ‘God bless America’

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Poor assumptions.

          • Xman Raji

            Peter, ur argument is faulty, as we have fine Muslims, we also have fine Christians, and as we have bad Christians, we also have bad Muslims. Personality is different from being religious.
            If we have sincere people, even without them, without them being religious, I tell u, we’d be fine and better compared to having bad people that are religious. Please when next u are in public domain, always know that religion is different from peoples’ personality….

          • peter omisakin

            xman. i agree with you. i only made that statement because of one guy that said buhari (muslim) will change nigeria to muslim nation. which i know is not possible. thanks man.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari is a delayed action foreign policy disaster waiting to happen but Nigerians will reject him overwhelmingly. Buhari is only interested in maintaining ties with Iran,Saudi Arabia Afghanistan,Yemen and Sudan. As far as he is concerned other countries especially the non-Muslim ones can all go to hell and burn to ashes. Buhari did it before when Nigeria became a rogue state effectively after the botched international cross-border kidnap of Umaru Dikko from the UK !!

      • Martins Oluma Ajiake

        A christian driver, a Christian cook and the one president who refuse to sign Nigeria into the I.O.C. We Christians in the north ll vote for Buhari come Feb14. Because Jonathan+sheriff=boko haram.

        • Otile

          Those appointments show the disdain imam show for Christians. How many Igbo Chiristians were in his cabinet? How many Christians doe he appoint for high offices?

          During election periods like this Imam the hypocrite will always find some Christian porch monkeys to use as VP to boost his morale. In the last election didn’t he use Pastor Bakare. This time around has Ebola Tinubu not found him another so called Christian pastor?

          Who does he think he is deceiving?

      • ola

        @ tawanda, You are now tired of buhari’s certificate. How much is pdp paying you. You should know by now that nigerians are now wiser than 4years ago.

  • Ebele Factory Child

    This GEJ cannot offer anything to nigerians. Please do you ever heard
    GEJ saying anything about NEPA at any of his campaign rallies? Let me
    remind you of something you must have forgotten, GEJ said in 2011
    campaign “if I cannot fix NEPA problem in 4years then I cannot do it
    forever”. Question; did he fixed NEPA in the last 6years as president of
    Nigeria? This is the most useless president in the history of Africa.
    My brother think of your future and that of our children.

    • larry

      KAI BUHARI ! NO CERTIFICATE ,NO PRESIDENCY !

  • Emancipation

    Hahaha Deziana no go gree….

  • Hembe Hembe

    President Jonathan’s focus has been on building transparent public
    institutions that are strong enough to overcome corrupt influences. This
    approach uses the rule of law as a framework to fight corruption and
    entrenches transparency and accountability mechanisms across government
    institutions.

    Achievements:

    Granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
    prosecutorial independence from the Attorney General and Minister of
    Justice, restoring the integrity of this formerly beaten-down anti-graft
    agency

    Enacted the Freedom of Information Act, thereby empowering the press
    and Nigerian citizens to scrutinize the actions of public officials and
    institutions.

    Uncovered over N2.7 billion in fraud in the Pensions’ fund and
    seized about 200 properties from corrupt public officials, including
    hotels and cash worth billions of naira.

    Established an Independent Presidential Committee to monitor the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

    Dismissed judges found to be abusing their offices.

    Ended four decades of corruption in fertilizer and seed distribution..

    • dtu

      Hembe, am totally dissapointed in u. How can an intelligent youngman like u accept d current state of affairs of our country. Pls, if for nothing else, vote for change to protect and secure your future. It lies in your hands.

    • BUSHMAN

      YOU DID NOT MENTION GRANTING PARDON TO A CONFIRMED THIEF,ALAMIESIEGHA,NOR DID TALK YOU ABOUT SHIELDING STELLA ODUAH FROM PROSECUTION.THESE ARE WORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS,HONOURABLE.I HEAR YOU WERE DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED IN YOUR OWN CORRUPTION CASE.I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE SO EAGER TO COME TO HIS DEFENSE….BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Buhari is confused,he hardly understands how a modern 21st century economy works,the factors surrounding the current price of oil vis a vis the economy is too complicated for him. An outdated correspondence diploma from the US is just not nearly enough especially when basic education is flawed !!

    BUHARI NEEDS TO URGENTLY PRODUCE HIS CERTIFICATES ,THE NIGERIAN ELECTORATE ARE FED UP WITH THOSE AFFIDAVITS,WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH, 1962 IS A LONG TIME . THE OLD TYRANT HAS TO COME CLEAN !!

    • kammykazee

      @Alawada communications- the jester, on the certificate palaver, INEC has asked you to go court or hang yourself, please make your choice.

  • Almost Anonymous

    Premium Times Buhari supporters can continue to delete my comment. I will continue to say it.
    I am a citizen of Nigeria. My constitutional right to freedom of expression is always there, intact.
    I am saying that nobody running for public office should allow a debate on his credentials.

    No aspiring president should ever go into hiding over a debate on his school credentials
    It does not augur well that Buhari is keeping quiet on whether he obtained school cert.
    Yoruba people like Bola Tinubu and Tunji Abayomi are the main ones talking for him.
    John Oyegun too is talking for Buhari but none of these three people show documents.
    This is very bad. Therefore it is my opinion that the only way out of this mess is:

    • dtu

      Professor, your poor command of english as evident in your write up, clearly shows that u obtained your school cert through d back door. Pls, go and get educated before u crucify another person.

      • Ola Ojomo

        Thank you my brother tell the fools

  • Deri

    buhari said he would stabilize the price of crude oil around the world once he is elected—without his certificate-so why not give him a chance –because this was how he came and introduced essential commodities to us where we had to queue for sugar milk–tea bags–rice cooking oil -amala–garri—-kero–petrol—-ati naira at the banks—-while he smuggled–53 suitcases via the backdoor into the fulani north

    • Ola Ojomo

      Who care about certificate the president your man with phd animallogy is a failure in government. There is God oooo.

  • Walter

    Right now fuel prices in Canada has reduced. Why not in Nigeria???? Why not? Very corrupt government.

    • Uturu Mgbagbu

      Reduced from what to what? To less than 170 naira?

  • Otile

    I can’t believe that Imam is so dumb as to demand immediate reduction of fuel price from the government. This shows that Imam is ignorant of market forces. Yoruba APC supporters are echoing him citing USA where gas price has gone down. Did Obama’s government or any advanced government enforce reduction of oil price?

    Amen amen I say unto you Imam is a disaster in government. He can only operate in a military junta not in a civilized democracy.

    • Yusuf Sabo

      You are a dumb. Is it because USA did not enforce reduction in oil price ? your knowledge of petroleum economics is inadequate to respond in such platform.

    • Kay-Kent

      Lets put sentiment aside bro, the price of crude oil has been dropping constantly for over eight months now. I just fill my tank yesterday and i was amazed that i saved about £14 compared to this time last year. The global price of oil has dropped more than 50% and even if our nija exporters buy their finished products from the moon, such a huge drop in oil price should bring some relief to nigerians. UK energy suppliers have started to bring down prices to the relief of consumers, they also have to import gas from abroad but with 30% drop in the price of gas, they have no choice other than to reduce their prices of energy to british homes. This is a simple maths and dont let us make it any complicated than it is wether its nija market or foreign.

      • samiis

        You are suave and famed with this reaction to Otile’s myopic disposition. I love this response! I really can’t comprehend why some Nigerians derive joy seeing nothing good in sound, logical reasoning. Law of monetary and petroleum economics naturally should have driven the prices of petroleum products down, which will have positive effect on its consumers anywhere in the world. This we’ve not experienced in Nigeria, courtesy GEJ bleak leadership style… .

        • JayGeeX

          Well. He is now president. Is this opinion of yours still valid? Or have you now come to see the wisdom of @otile’s words?

      • JayGeeX

        How is it going so far..?

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    MORNING NEWS NIGERIA: A PROACTIVE MEASURE FOR NORTH( obj at it again)

    “Reports
    are flying that Northern leaders who had hitherto supported Buhari may
    be making a U-turn in the February elections after reports that the
    general may be having a serious health problem.

    This is following the online rumors that Buhari collapsed during his presidential campaign rally in Calabar.

    Even though the APC denied the report, it has given cause for worry,
    and the North has become wary, after they were ‘sidelined’ after
    Yar’Adua died in May, 2010 before completing his tenure, a development
    which led to the abrupt shift of power to the South-South under the
    rulership of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

    “The North is
    beginning to rethink the promised support for Buhari in view of reports
    that he is suffering from a certain ailment which is believed to be
    wearing him down. There are also reports that the elders are pushing to
    cut a deal with Jonathan to complete his tenure in 2019 but extract a
    promise that power would be returned to the North via a younger and
    energetic Northerner,” a source said.

    “If anything happens to
    Buhari, power will return to the South-West less than a decade after
    President Obasanjo left Aso Rock. The prospects are grim, both for the
    North and even the South-East that is queuing for their own turn,”
    another Northern top personality is reported as saying” —NIGERIAN
    BULLETIN

    • objective

      Deliberate act of alarmism. Somebody is working for GEJ here!

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Truth is always truth.

  • Debo

    Interesting to see how politics has changed the color of virtually everything. The APC campaign office found it very convenient not to note that most of the countries they are comparing with do not provide petroleum subsidy and as such cannot determine the price. I also wonder why they have all of a sudden forgotten that the price of oil did not suddenly jump to >USD$120, it was infact a gradual process. As a matter of fact, the last time pump price was jerked up in Nigeria, oil prices hovered below $100. My question then is why didnt they campaign for a price hike when oils prices were going up? Afterall, pump prices were also shooting to the skies all over the world.
    Democracy is truly a game of numbers, so i wont be surprised if the order of the day carries the day (band wagon effect). What would shock me really is if there isnt anyone out there (not referring to PDP apologist, who are by all means just as lost) who can at least read between the lines to realise that any change at all does not necessarily imply a change for good (remeber the Isrealites did ask for a king just for the sake of it; it didnt end well). People talk about 16 years of PDP rule as if the problem started only 16 years ago. Besides, during those period of PDP rule (discounting the 4 years of the current govt), who are the individuals in control and where are they now (campaigning for you to change back to them)?
    This has been a well orchestrated plan/strategy by the opposition, they understand the mentality of an average Nigerian. Initiate an aggressive and sustained campaign from the onset, there can only be one outcome in a country as complex as ours – disaster for the incumbent.
    Well done APC, but I am not an average Nigerian. The enenmy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend especially when the enemy was once a friend to my enemy.

    • kammykazee

      If the problems like you said did not start 16yrs ago, how long would it take the PDP to solve those problems? Nigerians were looking for change 16yrs ago and the PDP promised them that, they told us they want to build a new, ‘rebranded’ Nigeria for us, 16yrs and still counting there is no sign of any light at the end of the tunnel. Back to the issue of oil pricing, It was very convenient for the present government to increase pump price in Nigeria as soon as oil prices went up claiming it is economically hard to subsidize at that very high international rate. Do you know subsidies was removed because of continuous increase international oil price? Now that price has gone down dramatically so is the amount of money the government spend on subsidizing it, if the government is spending less money on subsidy why should Nigerians still buying fuel at old rate?

      • Debo

        I am glad at least that you recognised that the PDP promised change 16yrs ago and still counting. My concern really is that the same individuals that promised this change are the ones promising change right now – as a matter of fact, they are part and parcel of the elite group that started the problem pre-PDP. What kind of change can they offer? I am not particularly impressed with Jonathan’s style of govt, but atleast I am convinced that he is focused on a direction that is consistent with development. on the other hand, the alternative (GMB) can only take us the opposite direction. It’s like heading on the wrong direction with the speed of light…….sadly, we are all going to be on that train. Think wise, choose wise (normally, this is not as straight forward as it seems).
        The global oil market operates in futures and very volatile environment, that is why deregulation is the wise option. But as it appears, the powers that be (opposition parties and oil marketers alike) would not allow that to happen for selfish reasons. There is no way a regulated price structure will react spontaneously to market flunctuations. Just as the product prices did not go up immediately with the oil price, it cannot come down immediately. the products you are using now were traded 3 months ago and nobody is sure that this downward trend is sustainable. A wise govt will be patient enough to observe carefully before making a decision, otherwise it will backfire.
        It is very easy to be a critic, but to be a leader, not quite. I must have to give some commendation for the govt of the day for standing the heat. As the wise saying goes, “To be a good lader, you must first be a good follower”. That explains why we have leadership problems – ~160 million bad followers.

        • ecotrend

          I
          typically don’t leave comments. I just come here to feel the pulse of the country.
          Your post caught my attention but not that I have a sense that you are making a
          fair assessment of the situation. While I agree with you that in reality, this
          cohort of politicians are all the same, I find it somewhat unbelievable that
          anyone can support the incompetence of the current administration (and the entire
          reign of the PDP) much less of defending its policies. First, with a functional
          government, the price at the pump should reflect the current pricing of the
          crude oil. At least this is the case in US, Canada etc. They are not even
          members of OPEC. Second, the current price of oil is not the new normal; it is
          in fact the old normal because in the last few years, the price of oil has
          increased by 100%. What happened to the windfall? We can talk about subsidies but
          we all know the falseness of that. In economic terms, Nigeria is paying more
          than they should for fuel. I found it amusing that you think that this
          administration has a direction. Are we talking about the same government who couldn’t think it’s urgent to find those missing girls? Or the one
          that decided that car imports will now be subject to 70% tariff when in fact
          the average purchasing power in Nigeria strongly suggests that this will ground
          our sluggish economy (This is ECON 201). I could go on. Perhaps we have a different interpretation of good governance. This is not an administration that
          you can be less pessimistic about and if approx 160million people are not
          buying its policies, it’s because they believe that they deserve better. Lastly, I honestly don’t
          think GMB will be any better but for what it’s worth, we are testing everyone
          one of them a term at a time. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over
          and expecting a different outcome. Our best hope is that as they come and go,
          they will never be in a position to hurt Nigerians again. When politician
          fights, people win.

  • abbadd

    Every Country has reduced its petroleum prices because of the global fall in price but in Nigeria the reverse i the case the president actually wants to increase the already high price for Nigerians yet he says he will shield the masses how? by stealing and exploiting them.

  • bushboy

    you still have it good. Even after a huge drop in our prices today, we are still not close to your prices.

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