Fact Check: Do Nigerians Buy the Cheapest Petrol in the World as Claimed by Eniola Badmus?

Fact Check: Do Nigerians Buy the Cheapest Petrol in the World as Claimed by Eniola Badmus?

  Claim: Popular Nigerian actress, Eniola Badmus claims that Nigerians buy the cheapest petrol in the world.   Verdict: Nigeria’s fuel price is higher than only 22 other countries, making Nigeria the 23rd most expensive country out of 169, in terms of fuel prices. Hence, the claim is incorrect and misleading.   Full story: Eniola

 
Claim: Popular Nigerian actress, Eniola Badmus claims that Nigerians buy the cheapest petrol in the world.
 

Verdict: Nigeria’s fuel price is higher than only 22 other countries, making Nigeria the 23rd most expensive country out of 169, in terms of fuel prices. Hence, the claim is incorrect and misleading.
 

Full story: Eniola Badmus during a Facebook live chat with a popular media personality, Daddy Freeze, said that Nigerians buy the cheapest petrol in the world.

 
On May 29, 2023, the Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu had announced, during his inauguration, the removal of oil subsidy. This has translated to the hike in the prices of so many commodities in the country, especially, the price of gasoline, setting the stage for citizens’ harsh reactions, agitations for increase in salaries and other palliatives.

 
In recent times, the labour leaders under the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have mobilised their members and the members of the civil society for a mass protest against the government policies, demanding a reversal to the status quo, or make provision for immediate deployment of palliatives to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal.

 
Against this background, Eniola Badmus, a Nigerian film actress and staunch supporter of president Bola Tinubu had spoken in favour of the subsidy removal.
 
In a Facebook live chat, the conversation on the issues of subsidy began about 10 minutes into the 28 minutes video, and 11 minutes 13 seconds into the video, Eniola was heard saying:

 
Even till now we still buy…I think we still buy the cheapest fuel in the world, do you understand, and it annoys me when you do not understand something and you are like he he he…

See the screenshot of the Facebook live video.

This comment has since been quoted in some news reports such as in Daily Post report.

But is it true that Nigerians buy the cheapest fuel in the world? We verify.

 

Verification:
Analysis on the globalpetrolprices.com highlights the petrol prices in 169 countries of the world. The data published on globalpetrolprices.com shows that only 22 other countries of the world buy petrol at less than 0.80 dollars.

 
As the fuel price in Nigeria now hits #617, according to several reports like this news report by Premium Times, which hovers around 0.80 dollars based on the fluctuating exchange rate,

Nigeria’s fuel price is only ranked the 23rd most expensive out of 169 countries.

 

Also, data published by OilPricez.com shows that petrol price in 22 countries is less than the price in Nigeria. The difference of one country may be explainable by the fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. Nigeria is also not on the list of 10 countries with the lowest petrol prices published by Wion News.

 

Conclusion: Multiple sources show that there are at least 149 countries where petrol sells more than 0.80 dollars which is the rough equivalence of petrol price in Nigeria. This means, Nigeria’s fuel price is higher than what obtains in 22 other countries, making Nigeria the 23rd most expensive country, out of 169 in terms of fuel prices. Hence, the claim by Eniola Badmus that Nigerians buy the cheapest petrol in the world is therefore incorrect and misleading.

 

Gideon Adeyeni
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