As an industry watcher, it is crystal clear that the minister and his cohorts are misleading the President for personal gains, incompetence, desire to please business interests which had cost Nigeria billions of naira and in foreign currencies as well as national reputation.
Expressing grief over the deaths, Bello said: “We are not happy and we are sad with the developments in these states. We are doing whatever we can, using kinetic and non-kinetic efforts to see that we address the present situation.
“I know and I agree that the subsidy is very heavy. But I think we must never transfer the burden to the citizens. I believe that we need to look at the quoted figure of maybe 100 million litres that people claim we are consuming. Is it real? I mean is it either under recoveries of subsidy? Is it really 100 million litres per day? How on earth are we consuming that? We need to look at this critically and see how we can find the truth’’
The organization added that the situation was reflecting negatively on the government, and signals a wrong message to perpetrators that they can attack or even kill journalists and there will be no adverse consequences for the perpetrators.