Former Kano governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has described the recent hike in electricity tariff and petroleum price as ill-timed that would only make life more difficult on Nigerians.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly reverse the increase, adding that he should block the leakages in his administration rather than hiking the prices of the essential commodities.
Kwankwaso who made the call in an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday also said there is no reason to justify the increases.
He said: “Most countries of the world are providing palliatives to help ease the hardship of COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately Nigeria is increasing petrol and electricity prices.
“You hardly get anyone in support of this policy,” he added.
The former Governor who is also a stalwart of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, warned that the increase may lead to more hunger, insecurity and unemployment in the country.
The one time former Minister of Defence and former Senator also said that there is nothing wrong in government reversing an unpopular decision in the best interest of the people.