The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for comparing the price of petrol in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
President Buhari had during his Independence Day address stated that it was unfair for Nigeria to have a lower fuel price than that of Saudi Arabia.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday, the President, TUC, Quadri Olaleye, described the comparison was unnecessary.
He stated that Nigeria was not at par in all ramifications with Saudi Arabia and other countries mentioned.
According to the labour union boss, the government was paying lip service to infrastructure development.
The TUC boss said, “It is like comparing black and white. It is that bad!
“It is ridiculous to compare Nigeria with Saudi, Dubai, or any other country, not even in Africa. With the natural resources that we have, we could rule the world, but government is not interested. There is no need for this comparison because it looks like the president is defending fraud and the impoverishment of Nigerians.
“Come to think of it, what has Nigeria achieved with all the money made from oil since over six decades of oil exploration in commercial quality? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. All successive leaderships have done is loot, launder and buy properties in foreign land.
“So, if the president is defending the hike (in pump price), what does he want to do with the surplus they will make from the hike? The same old story of providing infrastructure! Our roads are nothing but death traps. Our leaders are not patriotic at all.”
He argued that in Saudi Arabia, roads, water, and to some extent, jobs were not big issues.