- Subsidy removal but is a well-planned attempt to impoverish Nigerians
Igbo youths, organized under the auspices of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), have threatened to organize Nigerians, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other unions for a protest march in response to the country’s present fuel situation.
The young people expressed disapproval at the sharp increase in the price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) , describing it as the height of wickedness and grotesque insensitivity.
In a statement released to newsmen in Owerri, COSEYL President General Goodluck Ibem, who issued the threat, also noted that “The recent fuel price hike has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the previous fuel price increment from N198 to N520 was not as a result of subsidy removal but is a well-planned attempt to impoverish Nigerians so that they will not have the energy and strength to challenge the Federal Government in any way.
“While Nigerians were still struggling to make ends meet with the previous fuel price of N520, President Tinubu raised it to N617 during his first two months in office.
“The answer is 419 if we subtract the new President Tinubu fuel price of N617 from the N198 of the previous President Buhari’s pricing. This informs Nigerians about the type of President we have.
It’s time for Nigerians to put aside issues of race, tribe, and religion as well as other divisive strategies employed by the political elite and stand up to the monsters out to obliterate the standard of living for the vast majority.
“We therefore urge the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigerian Youths, All Traders and Businessmen/Women, All Trade Unions, and all Nigerian students throughout the country to come out en masse for a protest march against this evil and wickedness brought upon Nigerians by President Bola Tinubu.
“Now is the moment to free Nigeria from her oppressors. Until the fuel price is restored to its previous level of N198 per litre, we must demonstrate in the streets of all 36 states of Nigeria, as well as the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.
SOURCE: The Sun
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