The Presidency has defended President Muhammadu Buhari for removing the petroleum subsidy that led to the increase in the fuel pump price saying previous administrations lacked the courage to do so. According to the Presidency, Buhari had to take this difficult step because it was necessary given the situation of things in Nigeria and the world at large. The price of petrol at the pump jumped to between N162 and N164 per litre on Thursday following Wednesday’s hike in ex-depot price. Petrol prices have increased for three straight months, rising from N121.50–N123.50 per litre in June to N140.80-N143.80 in July, N148-N150 in August and N158-N162 in September. The Discos said on Tuesday that electricity customers, except those receiving less than 12 hours of supply, would have to pay more. Both actions attracted outrage from Nigerians who are still reeling under the debilitating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.