Before his arrest by men believed to be officers of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Abuja, on Thursday, Muaz Magaji, a former commissioner for works in Kano State, was on a Trust TV programme, Daily Politics.
While speaking on the topic Politics of Subsidy Removal: An Unending debate, Magaji said the All Progressives Congress (APC) had done nothing to effect the desired change craved by Nigerians, especially on oil subsidy, since taking over from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
“This is the problem. The president was minister of petroleum. The president built refineries, tank farms and depots all over the country in the ’70s. This then means he is not new to the petroleum industry,” Magaji said.
“I would not assume he is uninformed as far as petroleum matters are concerned. This is why I would say we have failed as a party, because seven years down the line, we are still here discussing the same problem of subsidy. We should not be here to still be discussing one of the biggest issues plaguing the country that people have voted us to change.”
Magaji described subsidy as a scam that has cost Nigeria trillions of dollars. He also said the transformation of the president from General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) to President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) led to an actual change in his personality, capacity and ability to implement his own promises and agenda.
“I am pointing it out to you that a particular financial policy supervisor since the days of PDP is still actively employed, and we are still getting the same financial result,” said Magaji.
The former Kano State commissioner stated that oil price deregulation is all the Buhari administration needs to put subsidy to rest.
After the interview, SCIID officers engaged Magaji in a hot car pursuit, which ended in a crash and his subsequent arrest.
FIJ learned that Magaji was transported from Abuja to Kano by the police on an Azman flight after the incident.
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