by Chi Ibe
Civil Society Organisations, under the aegis of Building Leverage and Unity on Fuel Subsidy Struggle (BLUF), call on Nigerians to disregard the alleged National Industrial Court order stopping NLC from embarking on strike action in reaction to the removal of fuel subsidy.
in a statement released recently, they said:
“We call upon Nigerians to stay away from work and come out en-masse on January 9 2012 to support the protest.”
“The protest embarked upon by Nigerians in reaction to the irresponsible removal of fuel subsidy is not only an NLC affair hence our surprise that government would procure this dubious order from a court that has no jurisdiction or business whatsoever in trying to prevent Nigerians from exercising their constitutional right to civil protest.
We call upon the Federal Government to heed the strident voices of Nigerians who want their government to immediately revert to the N65 price for PMS and take immediate steps to address the issues of corruption and wasteful financial practices. Government should also respect Nigerians’ rights to protest peacefully and should direct security agencies to exercise the highest level of restraint in the use of any force.
We encourage Nigerians not to give up and to use this opportunity to call upon the government to fix the years of irresponsible governance and insensitivity to the economic and social conditions of the nation.
We must call the Government’s BLUFF that they can deny us our rights!”
The appeal was signed by Dr Jibrin Ibrahim, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development, Ayodeji Ajayeoba,President, United Action for Democracy, Ayisha Osori, Director, Advocates for Change and Social Justice, Dr Otive Igbuzor,Executive Director, Centre LSD and Dr Hussaini Abdu, Country Director, Action Aid Nigeria for and on behalf of Nigeria Civil Society.