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Fuel Price Hike 'Buhari had no choice' - VP Osinbajo says

Osinbajo said that if left to the President, fuel price would not go up by one naira, adding that that he (Buhari) was handicapped.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has again defended President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent hike in fuel price.

Osinbajo said that if left to the President, fuel price would not go up by one naira, adding that that he (Buhari) was handicapped.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, May 17, at the public presentation of a book titled “Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges & Solutions, a collection of essays,” Osinbajo said that the decision was necessary if the country must source for foreign exchange to import fuel.

The Vice President said even if the local refineries are resuscitated, the country will still need to import product as they will only run at 40 percent capacity.

“If we repair our refineries today, we would still be able to refine 40% of our petroleum, so we still need to import,” he said.

“In the absence of foreign exchange and you have to import your refined petroleum, what are you left with?"

READ: ‘Buhari is completely and irrevocably committed to change,’ Osinbajo

Heavy criticism has trailed Buhari and his administration since last Wednesday when the Federal Government announced the increase in fuel price from N86.50 per litre to N145.

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