Nigeria: Build More Refineries Instead Of Subsidy Removal, Ikuforiji Tells FG

Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has called on the Federal Government to make efforts to build modern refineries in Nigeria a top priority instead of the removal of petroleum subsidy.

Ikuforiji gave this advise in a sallah message, saying President Jonathan should build better refineries as this would ease the pains of Nigerians in regard to petroleum products.

According to him: “As we, therefore, celebrate this season, it has become imperative for the political leadership to be more patriotic and take the necessary steps to make Nigeria self-sustaining in food production and also ensure that we refine our God-given petroleum locally.

“This will definitely bring to an end, the present large-scale unemployment and poverty that has continued to make life unbearable for all Nigerians. Efforts must also be made by the political leadership to comfort all our citizens that are finding life rather unbearable.

“Enormous efforts must also be made by the political leadership at comforting all our citizens that are finding life rather unbearable.

“As a nation that is so endowed by God with both human and natural resources, (like petroleum and exceedingly fertile land all over the country), there is no tenable reason why Nigeria should continue to remain a crawling giant that solely depends on imported petroleum products and food, fifty-one years after our independence.”

While advising the government to put the interest of the people first before self, because it was their votes that brought them to power, he urged political leadership at the federal level to always strive to devolve more powers and resources to the states and local government councils since they are closer to the people.

“Notwithstanding the general hopelessness that is being experienced by the majority of Muslims and non-Muslims, both in Nigeria and other parts of the world as a result of the economic meltdown, that has been making life unbearable for many for long now, we nevertheless must continue to thank the Almighty Allah for sparing our lives to see yet another festive season today.

“I therefore urge all Muslims to continue to thank the almighty Allah, while equally praying fervently to Him to continue to spare our lives, bless us all, and bless our country Nigeria,” Ikuforiji said.

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    Many of you are asking yvleseuors why you need to get out of your comfort zone and into the streets to protest about the withdrawal of fuel subsidy. The government’s argument is that if we do not stop funding fuel subsidy, the economy will crash and we all will go down with it. But are there no other places to reduce spending to save money? Let us take a few moments and consider these points:David Mark earns N600 million annually, enough money to set up at least, 100 schools in his Benue StatePresident Jonathan and his friends will eat N1 billion worth of food in 2012, while fuelling their cars for N1.7 billion. This amount will build at least, 50 good health care centres in the South-SouthN200 million was budgeted to water the gardens of the President in 2011. This is enough to educate 200 Nigerians through university educationThis is more than a quest for economic rights, it a quest for justice. This is not about fuel subsidy, it is about the ruling class’ war on the Nigerian masses. They cannot claim our country is broke when president Goodluck Jonathan continues to feed fat on N3 million worth of food everyday. They cannot claim to be broke when they increased the recurrent expenditure of the 2012 budget by another N92 billion. They cannot claim to be broke when the First Lady just spent N5billion furnishing an office. They cannot claim to be broke when in the whole budget is about their salaries and allowances.BOTTOM LINE: Government seeks to impoverish us the more by removing fuel subsidy while they continue to waste money on their friends and families!ACTION PLAN: We will have PEACEFUL PROTESTS in all the 36 states + FCT from Friday 6th of January 2012 at 10am.Please, please repost this!

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