Arewa Youths have called for the reversal of the price of petrol in Nigeria with immediate effect.
The youths recently revealed that the major stakeholders in government who led the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to hike the price of oil should resign asap because their action will invite Nigerians against the government.
According to the group, the patience of Nigerians is being taken for foolishness and this has to stop as soon as possible.
Arewa Youths added that it is sad that as Nigerians expect to experience further drop in PMS price or maintenance of status-quo, the PPPRA, NNPC, and Ministry of Petroleum are making things worse.
The group had this to say, “Nigerians will recall that on 11th May, 2016 Federal Government through NNPC announced removal of fuel subsidy which necessitates hike in PMS from N97 to N145, an increase of 66.67%, a similar policy former administration of Goodluck Jonathan/PDP tried that Nigerian out rightly rejected with massive protest Nationwide.”
“Out of goodwill, unblemished trust and unprecedented love Nigerians have for President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration as man of integrity, the policy reintroduction was never questioned rather citizens endured despite its resultant effect on our day to day activities with hope for good governance in return as new government of President Buhari needs every cooperation and support of citizens to deliver as then.”
“It became a mirage, an unfortunate experience that none of citizen’s expectation came to pass instead Nigerians’ patience are being taking for foolishness as National Assembly queried Federal Government on 31st May, 2019 after a revelation that we are paying highest subsidy in the history of Nigeria under same government that hike PMS price in the name of total subsidy removal. As Nigeria spent 11trilion Naira in 6 years in subsidy.”
“As at the peak of global oil price collapse at inception of Covid-19 pandemic where crude oil price fell from $67.3 (Dec 2019) to $32.31 (March 2020) per barrel, Nigeria as major crude oil producer should not have buy PMS more than N35 per litter but NNPC through her unintelligent, incoherent and inconsistent subsidiary called Petrolum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency PPPRA peged pump price at N125. 50/liter on 19th March 2020, and N123. 50 on 1st April, 2020,”
“Instead of Nigerian citizen to experience further drop in PMS price or maintenance of status-quo, the PPPRA, NNPC and Ministry of Petroleum decided to hike the pump price amidst this global pandemic recovery moves.”
“This we consider a deliberate attempt to erode off President Muhammadu Buhari goodwill, solidarity support, trust and love from the heart of Nigeria Citizens.”
“At a time when nations are doing more to aide her citizens out of this post pandemic era when many have lost job, salary cut, business shut among other adverse effect, the appointees of government decide to incite citizen against their principal/government. Its so unfortunate, highly ridiculous, callous and insensitive.”
“Nigeria Citizen Action Group, NCAG ,a pro masses and coalition of Civil society organizations, Youth and student movement hereby demand immediate reversal of this hike and voluntary resignation of the Executive Secretary PPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu Umar, the Group Managing Director NNPC ,Mele Kolo Kyari and Honorable Minister of state For Petroleum Resources H. E Timpre Silva on or before Monday 13th July, 2020 (7 working days ultimatum).”
“We enjoin Nigerians to troop out to reject this act of frustration and deliberate infliction of hardship on all Citizen by Overzealous appointee of government on Tuesday 14th July 2020 when we shall be shutting down NNPC and PPRA headquarters Abuja to press home our demands. Dare to struggle…. Dare to win.”