President Muhammadu Buhari will not compound the harsh economic realities for Nigerians by approving the removal of the petroleum products subsidy.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Lawan, who said he visited the President to acquaint him with the pulse of Nigerians from their various constituencies, said Buhari also expressed concerns over the harsh economic realities facing Nigerians, adding he would not do anything to make their situation worse.

He noted that it is the duty of government at all levels and across party lines to set differences aside and work together to find solutions to the conditions of the people.

President Muhammadu Buhari has not directed anyone in his administration to implement the removal of petroleum subsidy, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has said.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, had announced last October that the Federal Government made provision for petrol subsidy only for the first six months of 2022 as the government looked towards complete deregulation of the sector.

“In our 2022 budget, we only factored in subsidy for the first half of the year; the second half of the year, we are looking at complete deregulation of the sector, saving foreign exchange and potentially earning more from the oil and gas industry,” Ahmed had said.

But speaking to correspondents after the meeting with the President, Lawan said the lawmakers are worried about the different agitation and protests around the country, necessitating the discussion with the President.