Rights Group Slams Buhari Over Comments To Justify Fuel Price Increase, Vows To Occupy NERC Headquarters

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A Coalition of Civil Society Groups, Nigerians Against Bad Policies (NABP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his comments that Nigerians should brace up for more fuel price increases.

The President had asked Nigerians to expect a further increase in the price of petrol, saying people would pay more as soon as the price of crude oil in the international market recovers.

He also justified the latest increase in electricity tariff which has raised so much dust in the polity.

The group described the statement as unfortunate , insensitive and unjustifiable adding that it was nothing but a support for the fraudulent contraption of privatization. 

At a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja jointly addressed by Dimeji Macaulay of Movement for Socialist Alternative (MSA);  Kathy Gerald , Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR); and Botti Isaac, Social Action condemned the statement in its entirety and described it as ridiculous and unnecessary.

The group called on Nigerians to rise up and fight for their rights and not to be allowed to be short-changed by the corrupt government.

They also vowed to occupy the headquarters of National Electricity Regulatory Commission ( NERC ) to drive home their demands for the reversal of anti people policies.  

According to Macaulay, “This period requires citizens to be ready to ensure they are not short-changed by corrupt and cruel government. 

While hinging the recent thoughtless increment in price of petroleum on the gradual recovery of oil prices internationally, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that there will be further increment in the price of petroleum. 

“We consider this statement unfortunate and unjustifiable for any reason. It is nothing short of support for the fraudulent contraption of privatization.” 

He said to change the present sad reality in the oil sector and ensure that Nigerians enjoy the benefits of oil production, the oil sector must be nationalized and placed under the control and management of the working people. 

“This will mean building of new refineries and revamping to new ones to make satisfactory production for Nigerians and put an end not just to the corrupt practice of subsidy payment but also the reign of oil cartels and marketers who continue to feed fat on the oil sector ” He said .

He said they are resolute in their demands and would continue with the protest until the government reverse the increase in petrol price and electricity tariff.

“We have started our rejection of anti-people policies by picketing the NLC secretariat on Monday, 7th of September. Just as we have made known, we are determined to continue this protests until the President Muhammadu Buhari led government reverse the increments in the price of fuel and electricity tariff. 

“We call on Nigerians to join us in resisting these outrageous policies aimed at making life miserable for the working masses of Nigeria. It is only by fighting against such bad policies that we can get freedom.

“Furthermore, we wish to register our displeasure with the docility of the leadership of the NLC and TUC, who have not been able to go beyond mere condemnation of these anti-people policies of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration.” 

The activists therefore called on labour leaders to mobilise Nigerian workers for protest and strike against the injustice  by the government.

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