Nigerians Ready To Protest Removal Of Oil Subsidy

Various groups in Nigeria have rejected the removal of oil subsidy which has increased petrol price from N65.00 to N144.00 overnight starting New Year’s day. Among them are the Joint Action Force, the Pro Labor Civil Society Partner in the Labor and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) all ready to protest against the decision.

The protest scheduled for Tuesday will begin at the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) Secretariat in Yaba, Lagos. The group is demanding that all four refineries in Nigeria must be made to function optimally before removal of subsidy.
The JAF President, Dr Dipo Fashina said “JAF wishes to restate that its kick-off of Mass action slated for January 3, 2012, at 8a.m., at the Nigeria Labor Congress, Yaba, Lagos office is in force.”

The group also urged the public to boycott and shut down any filling station selling petrol, kerosene and diesel above N65, N50 and N70.

The Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, said the decision to increase the prices is anti-people, “We must not allow profiteers and looters to enslave us again. Freedom is not given; it is fought for and won,” he said.

NLC Vice President Comrade Isa Aremu said the subsidy removal is unacceptable to labor because the announcement came from PPPRA, which is also part of the nation’s problems.

He called on Nigerians to stand firm against the action while they await directives from Labor on collective rejection of the policy. He described that the action is a gross distortion of the on going policy dialogue on the issue.

His words: “Price regime change of over 100 per cent, coming from a discredited organization like the PPPRA is unacceptable to Nigerians. Issue that assumed local and national dimension with the President reading the Policy Dialogue issued by the co-coordinating Minister cannot be withdrawn by the PPPRA. Nigerian people must reject it holistically.”

He added: “Nigerians must reject this new price imposition because it is a gross distortion of the current policy dialogue that was on-going. There is an existing agreement between the NLC and the Federal Government, which states that price of PMS is N65 per litre. Any price outside this is unacceptable. This shows that this is one government that cannot be trusted. Nigerians must make sure they uphold the price regime of N65.

“The Federal Government must be held responsible for any chaos at the filling stations because Nigerians will ensure the N65 price regime stays.”

Secretary-General of the TUC, Chief John Kolawole, said, “We reject it on behalf of Nigerians. We are consulting. Nigerians should get ready for action. The TUC organs will meet at a time to be announced later. I can assure you that our position has not changed because government has not met any of the conditions we gave before withdrawing the subsidy.

In NLC’s New Year message, by President, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar entitled: “Roll up Your Sleeves in 2012”, it said, labor will resist the removal with rallies and sensitization.

It said: “While government claims to be “consulting” on the fuel subsidy removal, its Commissioners of Police in a number of states are boasting that they are armed and battle ready to smash Nigerians who may publicly protest their feelings against the removal.

“Since the concept of ‘consultations’ is nebulous, and there are no objective criteria to determine its outcome, the NLC challenges the Government to conduct a referendum on the issue to determine the WILL of the Nigerian people. If it does not, but rather elects to impose its will on the citizenry, the Nigerian people have the fundamental right to resist. Since the fuel subsidy removal is a war foretold, Nigerians must begin preparations to meet this challenge in the New Year.

  1. 'deji Reply

    “Freedom is not given; it is fought for and won”
    Only co-ordinated protests from the TUC,NLC and civil society groups can provide the necessary bite to sway or better still,bring the govt back to the negotiating table.I don’t see Nigerians borrowing a leaf from the Arab-esque type of protest since the country is still divided along ethnic and religious lines.I trust the organised bodies alongside concerned citizens to give the govt a good fight.Tough times are here already.

  2. xainab Reply

    nigerians let wake up 4rm d sleep we
    hav been doin 4 several years,the situation is becoming more worst to the masses.so lets struggle and find our right from this corrupt government…i wil start saying it’we wunt agree with the removal of oil subsidy’

  3. Dolapo Reply

    It is indeed pitiful that Jonathan Goodluck is another Moamar Gadafi in the making but he should not forget that tyrants and dictators like him are always removed from office by the will of the people. Nigerians should protest thie evil decision till it is reversed. Nigeria is own by Nigerians and not Jonathan and his evil cabinet. The will of the hapless nigerian masses must prevail. “Get up, stand up and fight for your right”

  4. Dolapo Reply

    It is indeed pitiful that Jonathan Goodluck is another Moamar Gadafi in the making but he should not forget that tyrants and dictators like him are always removed from office by the will of the people. Nigerians should protest this evil decision till it is reversed. Nigeria is own by Nigerians and not Jonathan and his evil cabinet. The will of the hapless nigerian masses must prevail. “Get up, stand up and fight for your right”

  5. Daniel Reply

    Nigeria people must resist the fuel subsidy removal back to 65 naira as soon as possible.We can never return to using camel as a full means of transportation.

  6. sylvok Reply

    Mr. President you have turned from Goodluck to Badluck therefore we reject you. this is not the fresh air you promised us when we elected you. I call on every good citizen of this country to come out and confront this evil. Mr. President you are afraid of the big fishes in this country, you rather hurt the masses than stepping on their toes. this is carwardice

  7. linus maku Reply

    mr.President, are you aware of the courtry situation? If yes what have you done so far to remedy the problem at hand.

  8. Anty NewW orldO rder Reply

    “Nigerians SAVing Nigerians”
    THE DECEIVED AND MANIPULATED PEOPLES OF NIGERIA,
    JUST LOOK CLOSELY AND EXAMINE CAREFULLY THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS OF THE BOMB EXPLOSIONS AT MADALA, MAIDUGURI, DAMATURU, JOS, GADAKA, AND KANO, AND ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION TO YOURSELVES : WHY ALMOST EVERY BUILDING AND EVERY CAR HAD BEEN HIT “FROM ABOVE”, AND NOT “FROM SIDEWAYS” ?!?! PLEASE KNOW THAT IN THIS “GLOBE”, AND SINCE YEARS AGO, THERE ARE THINGS CALLED SATELLITE-GUIDED “U.A.V. DRONES” THAT CAN RELEASE “SMART BOMBS” WHICH CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO EXPLODE BEFORE TOUCHING, AND YARDS ABOVE, GROUND LEVELS. FURTHERMORE : HOW CAN AN ALLEGED “SUICIDE-BOMBER” EASILY WEAR AND WANDER ABOUT UNNOTICED WITH 60 TO 80 KILOS OF EXPLOSIVES ON HIS BODY ?!?! ALSO : HOW CAN THE ALLEGED “THIRD WORLD ‘BOKO’ INSURGENTS” SURPASS AND OUTCLASS PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS OF AMERICAN S.W.A.T. AND BLACKWATER, TOGETHER ?!?!
    EXPECT THAT YOU FIND : The Same Overly Criminal “Globalist” Party, of the Free-Masonic Globe-Ruling-Claimers, that is waging the HARSH-WAR-OF-BULLETS-AND-BOMBS, ON YOU PEOPLES OF NIGERIA, is the very same Horrible Terrible Party, that is ‘ORDER-ing’ your president and your government to threaten and strike you by the Other SOFT-WAR-OF-ECONOMY, of raising petrol prices to ‘lunatic’ proportions, and keeping them so.
    BEHOLD and BEWARE : With both kinds of Secret Wars, the Harsh and the Soft, The Free-Masonic Globalists are AIMING AND EXECUTING at setting you “THE DECEIVED AND MANIPULATED PEOPLES OF NIGERIA” to be on the pull and on your toes, and battling against each other, and then you all reach their Goal-State of “Creative Chaos”, which is Creative of CHAOS, and then DETERIORATION, and then COLLAPSE. Just the same as they did and still do to the peoples of Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yaman, etc., who all had been air-stricken, with bombs and opium-like drug-vapours. So that the internal down-sliding states of destructive chaos go on and on in them. These ‘States-Erasing-States’ are thought to be, by those Satan-Worshipers, as roads-opening for them to reach : a Full Declaration and a Complete Realization of Their Humans-Killing and Humans-Enslaving “Global State”. The Pre-Planned And Pre-Set Date given for that World-Wide Catastrophe by some researchers is very near : 1 – 1 – 2013 !!!!!!

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