Nigeria At 60: President Buhari’s Petroleum Price Comparisons In His Address Gets People Talking


As Nigeria clocks 60 today after gaining freedom from colonial masters in 1960, President Muhammadu Buhari has compared various nation’s petroleum prices in his address, hoping to prove that Nigeria has indeed done better.

Buhari’s address partly reads, “Petroleum prices in Nigeria are to be adjusted. We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point; Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre. Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346. In Ghana, another oil producing country, petroleum pump price is N326 per litre. Further afield, Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia.”

This comment got a lot of people talking on Twitter as some have dragged Tolu Ogunlesi, one of the media aides to the President.

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