Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, has defended his boss, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over his words on the 60th Nigerian Independence Anniversary.
On 1st October, Buhari said “We sell petrol at N161 per litre when same is sold at N168 per litre in Saudi Arabia; N211 per litre in Egypt; N362 per litre in Ghana; N362 per litre in Chad, and N346 per litre in Niger Republic. It does not make sense for petrol to be cheaper in Nigeria than Saudi Arabia.”
Aftermath the statement made, lots of Nigerians have reacted and maintained than individuals in Saudi Arabia have a higher standard of living compared to citizens of Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed during a discussion on “Radio Link” then came out to justify the words of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Some people have asked why we should compare ourselves to Saudi Arabia with better infrastructure and higher wages. Our answer to that is very simple. Saudi Arabia has 34 million people while Nigeria has 200 million people.
“Saudi Arabia produces 10 million barrels of crude oil per day, while Nigeria produces at its best, 2.1 million barrel per day.