Petrol price: TUC reacts as Buhari compares Nigeria with Saudi Arabia 
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The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s comparison of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

President Buhari during his Independence Day speech had compared the oil price in Nigeria to those of neighbouring countries and even Saudi Arabia, stating that it made no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than other oil-producing nations.

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According to him, “In the circumstances, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.”

He also revealed that petroleum prices in Nigeria are to be adjusted. It now sells at N161 per litre.

Reacting, the President of the TUC, Quadri Olaleye, in a statement, said Nigeria should never be compared with other countries, adding that the country had achieved nothing despite six decades of oil exploration.

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Olaleye said successive governments had looted, laundered and wasted the country’s resources while patronising hospitals outside the country.

“It is like comparing black and white and this is very bad.

“It is so ridiculous to compare Nigeria with Saudi, Dubai, or any other country, not even in Africa because with the natural resources that we have, we could rule the world, but government is not interested.

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“There is no need for this comparison because it looks like the president is defending fraud and the impoverishment of Nigerians.

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