Former Nigerian President Buhari Admits Oil Subsidy Withdrawal Was Politically Motivated, Sparks Outrage

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. Former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari made a stunning admission on Monday, revealing that the withdrawal of the oil subsidy was not driven by the nation’s economic interests.


Instead, it was a political move aimed at favoring the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leader, Bola Tinubu, in the February 25, 2023 elections.

This confession, conveyed through a press statement by Buhari’s former media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, has triggered a wave of criticism.

Impact on Nigeria’s Economy and Ethical Concerns

Nigerians are expressing their outrage after hearing Buhari’s admission regarding the withdrawal of the oil subsidy.


The decision resulted in an immediate increase in fuel prices, exacerbating the economic challenges already faced by the citizens.

This statement has raised questions about whether Buhari’s actions during his tenure were driven by serving national interests or by political motivations.

Furthermore, it has provoked concerns about the ethical standards of governance during his administration, with critics accusing him of allowing unchecked corruption and fostering a culture of impunity.

Reactions from Coalition of Northern Groups

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson for the Coalition of Northern Groups, responded to Buhari’s statement, stating that it did not come as a surprise.

He asserted that the confession confirms their longstanding criticisms of Buhari’s administration, characterized by poor governance, indifference, insensitivity, and unprecedented plunder.


Suleiman disagreed slightly with Buhari’s claim of supporting Tinubu’s victory, stating that Buhari actually worked against Tinubu’s success.

He highlighted the indecisiveness, lack of courage, and political opportunism that plagued the Buhari administration, resulting in inadequate responses to national issues such as security, the economy, and reintegration.

Vindication and Assessment of Buhari’s Leadership

The spokesperson further emphasized that Buhari’s confession vindicates those who criticized his administration for its mismanagement of the economy, lack of justice, and insensitivity to the needs of the people.

He claimed that the nation was not wrong in believing that Buhari’s image and vision were undermined by the incompetence and low quality of the individuals he surrounded himself with.

Suleiman highlighted the struggles faced by millions of households, including hunger, inflation, job losses, business closures, and decaying infrastructure.


He regarded Buhari’s admission as a belated acknowledgment that his administration had acquired the reputation of being the worst in the nation’s history in terms of achieving credible national goals and generating confidence among the populace.

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