Hon. Yusuf Gagdi, chairman of the House Committee on Navy, has dismissed as “mischievous” media claims that he demanded an investigation into President Bola Tinubu’s handling of savings from eliminating subsidies.

To elevate Nigerians out of poverty and make things function better for the majority of the people, this administration is working hard, he said, and it is not in his character to use specific terms or assume any purpose.

According to the allegation, Gagdi told BBC Hausa Service that the president will be held responsible for the savings from removing subsidies; however, he has refuted this.

On the other hand, Gagdi made a statement on Sunday calling on the media to maintain its credibility and objectivity in its reporting, especially when dealing with translation.

The legislator insisted, “The report stating me to have supposedly suggested President Tinubu would be examined for the subsidy removal was misleading.

“That news story couldn’t be further from the truth. I conducted an interview with BBC Hausa Service whereby I made the argument that it was important for the fuel subsidy to disappear as it was just rewarding a few privileged and rich persons to the expense of the majority of Nigerians.”

The congressman added that in the aforementioned Hausa interview, he praised the President’s fortitude for ending the fuel subsidy despite pressure from some groups to reverse the decision.

To ensure that the vast majority of Nigerians benefit from the subsidy reduction, he went on to say that he recognized savings from the subsidy and reaffirmed the necessity for cautious expenditure.

However, Gagdi said he was surprised by the newspaper’s sensationalist headline.

He continued, “It’s most irresponsible, reckless, and intended to pit me against our hardworking, committed President and his Renewed Hope Agenda.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, as a parliamentarian and one of the longest serving ones at that, I have remained devoted to my party, APC, its objectives, and most crucially, the objective of President Tinubu to revive hope and make our country work again.

“I hold the president in the highest regard, so I voluntarily withdrew my name from consideration for speaker when I was asked to do so.”

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