by ‘Ifreke Inyang
The question asked last week on #RubbinMinds, was: “Shall we occupy?” It was a pertinent question as the NLC and TUC prepared to go on strike this week. The guests on the show included Gbenga Sesan, Cheta Nwanze, Ferdinand Adimefe, Sewedo Nupowaku and celebrities like Banky W, Sasha, 2face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Seun Kuti and eLDee the Don.
The general consensus in the studio was a disapproval of the removal of the subsidy on fuel. “Reno Omokri asked us to read the constitution. We’ve read it.The primary responsibility of a president it to ensure security and welfare of its citizens. So far, they have failed,” Gbenga Sesan said.
A day before the show, the President had urged Nigerians to stay calm in a television broadcast, but Sasha, who confessed that she voted for Jonathan wouldn’t have any of it. “Our president shouldn’t be reading scripts to us at this time,” she fumed.
Sound Sultan explained why he was joining in the protests against the removal. “It is not as if people like us can’t afford to pay the new price, but whenever I speak, I speak for the masses. The man on the street needs to know why the price of garri has increased.” Seun Kuti revealed an estimate of what he spends on fuel. “I spend over N40,000 a month on electricity in my house because it is constant,” he said.
“In an ideal society, fuel subsidy should not be removed,” Banky W argued before going on to state that, “It’s not just about fuel subsidy. For years, this government has been working against the people.”
The programme was punctuated severally for Channels Television to air a plenary session of the House of Representatives. The majority was not in support of the removal and there were immediate suggestions that the protest may not hold on Monday. Sound Sultan was quick to refute the claims: “We’re still going ahead with the protest. We need to go out there and make our voices heard!”