Fuel subsidy: Expect ‘1 million-man march’ in support of Buhari

A civil rights group, the Conference of Minority Tribes in Nigeria, in conjunction with 36 other civil society organisations in Nigeria, on Friday, disclosed that it would hold a one million man match in support of the Presidency’s decision to remove fuel subsidy on Monday.

The chief convener and coordinator of the forum, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, while speaking to newsmen about the intended match said, “We are not very poor as a nation, but certain elements called cabal had hitherto hijacked the system in the name of oil subsidy.”

“Successive governments had tried to remove the oil subsidy otherwise known as deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry. It is either the previous governments lack the political will to salvage our dear country or lack the confidence of Nigerians in implementing such idea.”

“Today, Nigerians are happy for having a President who enjoys the confidence of Nigerians and as well has the political will to redefine the history of our country by alleviating the sufferings of the masses.”

“We must commend a leader with zero tolerance for corruption whose regime is restoring hope for the hopeless Nigerians and as well redeeming the image of our dear country before the international community.”

“In 2012, we mobilised ourselves as civil society bodies against the decision of the government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan to remove subsidy because we did not trust him, basically because he did not take practical steps that convinced Nigerians as President Buhari did by excluding oil subsidy from the 2016 Appropriation Bill, which is the working budget of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“It shows that Mr President belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody. We must support a true idea that promises hope for Nigerians. We have agreed to support the decision of the Federal Government, especially in the area of oil subsidy removal.”

“As you can see, those protesting against oil subsidy removal are scanty, which shows that Nigerians are not with them. As civil societies, we must stand with the ordinary Nigerian in ensuring a better standard of living for our dear citizens.”

“We call on the factional NLC to immediately suspend her actions or face the wrath of the ordinary Nigerians. With the recent unpatriotic actions of the Wabba-led faction of NLC, Nigerians are angry with him.”

“The Nigeria Labour Congress genuinely is not protesting the subsidy. But because of the faction in it, Wabba is seeking for recognition that he may be known by Nigerians. We do not have to toe the path of cheap popularity to the detriment of our people.”

“We shall lead Nigerians in a one million-man solidarity march in Abuja and major cities in Nigeria in support of government’s decision that removed oil subsidy on Monday, 23rd May 2016.”

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