The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has challenged unions and civil society groups to stand up and protest the recent increase in the price of fuel pumps and the electricity tariff, just as they did in the administration from the former president, Dr. Goodlukc Jonathan.
The OPC also described the walk as an attempt to push Nigerians against the wall, saying the Federal Government was sitting on a ticking bomb.
In a statement from the Secretary of Publicity, Yinka Oguntimehin, OPC said that the Federal Government had done the worst with a policy so inhumane that it is capable of destroying the confidence of the people.
OPC stated that “No good citizen will be happy with the recent increase in prices for petroleum products, electricity and the DSTV rate.
“It is the worst decision ever made by a government that prides itself on being the government of the people. With this increase, the GFR is sitting on a ticking time bomb, not respecting people’s feelings and suffering.
“In the tail of the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, fuel was sold at 87 naira per liter, but since the start of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, the pump price of fuel had increased three times with more than 100 percent.
“No government had ever done that. Therefore, the union and other civil society groups must rise to the occasion, speaking out against such an insensitive decision, as they did during Jonathan’s administration. “
The OPC also punched holes in the reasons given by the Federal Government, adding that the new measure will surely lead to poverty, admitting that Nigerians are in a very difficult time, as market forces will always determine the price of fuel. .
According to OPC, “We can hardly believe the reason behind the removal of the fuel subsidy. The timing was wrong and Nigerians are suffering under this administration. “
Oguntimehin urged the federal government to retrace its steps and reverse prices in the interest of the masses, cushioning the effect of this outrageous rise in the prices of commodities that have a direct impact on people’s lives.
“The rise is most regrettable and is capable of tarnishing the image of the Federal Government because the government has manipulated the prices of products so important that they have a direct impact on the economy and people’s lives,” he said.
Meanwhile, the federal government had given the reasons for the sudden increase on Monday, admitting that previous governments did not have the courage to implement the controversial elimination of the subsidy.