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Garba Shehu under fire for tweet on petrol price under PDP


President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu is under fire for attempting to justify the hike in prices of petrol and counter the criticism of the increment by the People’s Democratic Party.

Shehu in an attempt to defend the recent hike in petrol price said Nigerians once bought petrol at #600 per litre during the PDP administration.

“Don’t allow the PDP to deceive you, amidst acute shortages, they sold petrol at N600 per litre on Easter Sunday in 2013 (See Punch published on that day),” Shehu tweeted along with a picture of the front page of The Punch newspaper published on March 31, 2013.

The Nigerian Government had through the Petroleum Products Marketing Company increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N138.62 to N151.56 per litre.

Following the increment, petrol marketers raised the price of the product from N148 to between N158 and N162 per litre.

This came days after electricity distribution companies in the country began the implementation of the new cost-reflective electricity tariff.

“There is no way our compatriots can survive a N162 per liter fuel price and a N66 per kw/h of electricity in a country which, in the last five years, ranked as poverty capital of the world, with a frightening 23 percent unemployment rate; where over 90 million citizens live in abject poverty and many more living on less than N500 a day,” PDP said in a statement Tuesday.

Like the PDP, many on Twitter found Shehu’s defence of the hike untenable and lashed out at the presidential aide.

The ATwitter user said, “Dear Garba Shehu, Are you aware that fuel also sold for ₦600 in December 2017 and recently in November 2019. Both under #APC & Buhari. But in your attempt to justify the hardship and suffering of Nigerians you only make reference to 2013 of PDP.”

More reactions are below:

I will never understand this kind of tweet from Garba Shehu, is he trying to justify our hardship or compare our level of hardship?

If not that God is patient, this one suppose dey chop slaps for dream every night for 600 years. https://t.co/LNhr7TPRHA

— Suara Abass (@SuaraOfficial) September 9, 2020

Dear Garba Shehu,

Are you aware that fuel also sold for ₦600 in December 2017 and recently in November 2019.

Both under #APC & Buhari.

But in your attempt to justify the hardship and suffering of Nigerians you only make reference to 2013 of PDP


— iCON Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) September 9, 2020

Garba Shehu and his likes in the current administration have nothing to offer than unnecessary comparisons.

If Femi Adesina isn’t subtracting death figures under GEJ from the death figures under Buhari, Garba will be comparing ‘blackmarket sale’ to government policy. Sigh

— Premier (@SodiqTade) September 9, 2020

Dear Garba Shehu,

The number of unemployed Nigerians in 2015 was 5.5 million.

Today, it is 21.7 million, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

It is 28 million if you add the pool of under-employed Nigerians.

Nigerians are more poorer than when Buhari took over.

— iCON Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) September 9, 2020

Garba Shehu trying to subtract the price of fuel N600 under GEJ from the price of fuel N600 under Buhari. pic.twitter.com/EYxKmEg3gQ

— Premier (@SodiqTade) September 9, 2020

Garba Shehu, you’re not smart.

You’re unintelligently deceitful.

Why are you showing us that petrol sold for ₦600 in 2013?

You need to be treated for selective amnesia because fuel also sold for ₦600 in December 2017 and recently in November 2019.

Both under #APC & Buhari. pic.twitter.com/YLQqO0mOxR

— GENOCIDE In Southern Kaduna (@The_Jonathanian) September 8, 2020

Finally, Garba Shehu admits to Buhari’s failure, justifies my position on APC & PDPhttps://t.co/46LbQTqaR5 https://t.co/HehSsvQYkU

— Tope Akinyode (@TopeAkinyode) September 9, 2020

What is actually wrong with Garba Shehu? I really dont get how i could have judged people to be brilliant and they turn up this mediocre. You came to Nigerians with the premise of change,no subsidy exist,dollar to a Naira,defeat of boko haram etall,refinery repaired,new one built https://t.co/g5iV8YI5fh

— Sir Heectory (@heectoryanuk) September 8, 2020

A quick reminder that the Garba Shehu just justified your suffering.

So Dear IPOB haters,

When you get to filling stations henceforth, tell them that you hate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, then they’ll sell fuel N50 for you.😂😂 pic.twitter.com/wgbJSFJsDA

— Victor Ejikeme🔥 (@VictorEjikeme4) September 9, 2020

@GarShehu Its Unfortunate That Your Profession As A Fine And Well Defined Journalist Has Eventual Made You Clueless And Focus less Due To Pocket Filled Journalism . Even A Baby Journalist In JSS 3 Can Not Send This Kind Of Post To Nigerians. Shame On You Garba Shehu, pic.twitter.com/aMtEUUZFng

— #ePlatForm2023 (@eplatform2023) September 9, 2020

Mallam Garba Shehu says wailing Nigerians must not allow the PDP to deceive them.According to him,the party sold a litre of petrol for N600 in 2013. This is the gospel according to Mallam https://t.co/UzkEOP4jpo word for this man abeg.


— ladesopeladelokun (@ladescopladelo1) September 8, 2020

Referring us back to 2013 when pdp sold fuel at #600 is unwise because I don’t see the need to back up or justify incompetence by comparing yourself with past failures.

Garba Shehu u too dey fall hands.

— Mazi Olisa 🦁 (@nee_dles) September 9, 2020

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