Outraged, social media erupt as Nigerians kicks against FG petrol price, electricity tariff hike

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  • Double fuel price increase: You are heartless, Nigerians blast Buhari
  • MAWA asked; Where are the 2012 activists?
  • CUPP rejects fuel price increase, describes it as wicked, insensitive
  • Buhari’s govt has taken Nigerians for granted: NLC reacts to Petrol Price increase
  • Fuel price increase aimed at enslaving citizens – NCFront
  • Buhari govt punishing Nigerians for fuel price, electricity tariff hike – PDP
  • Atiku reject the increased electricity tariffs
  • Fuel, Electricity Hike: Get Back To Work – Timi Frank Tells NASS
  • Dino Melaye describe increasing fuel price as wickedness
  • Meanwhile, APC has justified increase of fuel, claiming Buhari government working for all Nigerians

Condemnations across the country, as internet erupts after Nigerian government increases petrol pump price to N151.56k and increment of electricity tariffs by Buhari’s administration

Millions of Nigerians have described the actions of the government as ‘wicked and inhuman’ considering the fact that Nigerians are still battling with the hardship of COVID 19.

The Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, had announced that, price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is now one hundred and fifty-one-naira, fifty-six kobo (N151.56k) per litre. This takes effect from September 2, 2020, according to a statement signed by D.O Abalaka.

However, Reps minority caucus, MAWA, CUPP, NLC, NCFront, PDP and Atiku has kicked against it.

The Reps minority caucus said that the increment was unacceptable as it would result in increase in the already high cost of consumer goods and services.

NAN reported that in a statement signed by the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), the legislators said it would worsen the current economic hardship, called on the PPMC to immediately rescind its announcement and revert to the former price, with a view to a downward review

 “This is because such increase will directly result in more hardship on our citizens, particularly at this critical time when majority of Nigerians, across the country are struggling to survive under the burden of high cost of living and low purchasing power occasioned by the prevailing economic challenges.

Double fuel price increase: You are heartless, Nigerians blast Buhari

Nigerians from various walks of life have lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the double fuel price increase within a short time frame, saying that he is heartless and insensitive.

The price of fuel was increased to almost N152 per liter after it was reduced to N123 five months ago.

Below are remarks of Nigerians following the latest increment on Wednesday:

Ogbu Charles; You increased fuel price twice in quick succession after increasing electricity tariff, all at a time of a raging pandemic.

Buhari sir, you are a heartless fellow. I don’t wish you on even my worst enemy.

May all those who KNOWINGLY foisted you on us suffer for 600 years!

He is always shocked at everything. Won’t be surprised if he’s shocked at his very own existence.

Reno Omokri; I saw a headline saying ‘#BBNaija: Over 20 Nigerian Celebrities Root For Laycon’. I was demoralised after reading all the names. Not one of the mentioned celebrities has rooted against General @MBuhari’s ₦162 fuel price increase. Is this how our lives will be?

Inibehe Effiong; The Buhari regime is a plague on Nigerians. The primary aim of this regime is to kill, steal and destroy. Only a monstrous regime will increase fuel price & electricity tariff during this pandemic. Citizens are suffering while Buhari & his cronies live in opulence. Wicked tyrant.

We should not forget who the Minister of Petroleum is. It is the same heartless oppressor who promised to reduce the suffering of Nigerians. The same man who opposed increment of fuel price in the past. The same military dictator whose regime has plunge Nigeria into recession.

What will Buhari be remembered for? His promises have been broken. He promised to fight corruption but has elevated corruption to a national policy. Under his watch, key democratic institutions have been destroyed. He has nether clues nor capacity to govern. Shame on Buhari!

PDP Vanguard; BREAKING NEWS: President @MBuhari has expressed shock over the sudden increase of the electricity tariffs and fuel price; however, @MBuhari has warned NIGERIANS against organizing peaceful protest.

Towolawi Jamiu; NANS Zone D declare MASS ACTION for Tues Sept 8th, 2020 over increase in fuel price & other anti people policies of @MBuhari regime. This is the way to go, The NLC, TUC, CORE, JAF, TIB, SWL, ASUU and other progressive groups should follow immediately.

KING KUKUTE; But most of you all argued and advised that FG should remove subsidy, increase price of PMS, end the fuel scarcity & queues and make the fuel available across board, that Nigerians will buy.

The FG just did all those and you’re screaming blue murder. What actually do you want?

This is deregulation (we should have done decades ago) & the aftermath effects won’t be jolly ride to the actual destination. We have to persevere but govt should also ensure the funds are used judiciously for capital projects & social welfare & SMEs supportive schemes.

You all have been advising FG to fix power issues & give Nigerians constant power supply & that even if the tariffs are expensive, Nigerians are going to buy. If all its efforts on power pay off, I just hope you all won’t be calling for protests against high tarrrifs.

Growth and Development come with huge sacrifices. May be we should ask people living in developed countries enjoying infrastructures & productive initiatives how they got there and the extent of perseverance applied by their populace. It is not a tea party.

Daddy Bella; I am often concerned when I see posts like this that the President is concerned about the problems he created and the truth is that he would create another problem tomorrow and still be concerned. How do you guys sleep peacefully at night?

Vanguard Newspapers; “It’s like Nigerian are being taken for a ride, the increase in the price of petroleum is like adding insult to injury.”

Stan CSO; Instead of looking for a way to provide palliatives to Nigerians in the midst of this pandemic, Buhari and his wicked government decided that increase their agony and suffering by increasing both fuel price and electricity tariff. We are in trouble!

Reno Omokri; And to make matters worse, the @OfficialAPCNg released a statement blaming the @OfficialPDPNig for the new fuel price increase. 5 years in power and General @MBuhari still blames others? When will this clown and his people take responsibility for their actions?

Golden Boy; How can you double electricity tarrif and increase the price of Fuel at the same time? during a pandemic! We can’t pay for light, we can’t buy fuel to power our generators, isn’t this madness?

Umar Sa’ad Hassan; In recent days,boko haram has gone low key,bandits have seized operations,fulani militia stopped killing in Southern Kaduna..to enable the President & Grand Commander increase fuel price with the least minimum backlash..It may stay so till we have fully gotten used to the prices.

Olúyẹmí Fásípè; You can see that President Buhari is trying, the economy is moving fine and things are working well, money is circulating and we are enjoying it. I don’t know why some people are complaining about the increase in petrol price, even the naira is doing well against the dollar.

MAWA asked; Where are the 2012 activists?

In a statement, the National Coordinator of MAWA, Audu Oseni said, “As Nigerians now buy a litre of petrol at N151.56 it becomes fundamental to interrogate the action that led to the 2012 uprising where Nigerians poured out on the streets when the government of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, former Nigerian president increased price of petrol from N65 to N141 per litre”.

“The civil society organization, organized labour union and Nigerians held days of protest on the streets of major towns in Nigeria demanding the petrol increase be reverted to N65 per a litre, an action that forced the Jonathan government to reduce the price of petrol to N97 per litre”.

“In 2012, when the civil society organization and organized labour rejected the petrol price increase, their demands were very clear, (1) repair, fix the refineries and stop the importation of refined crude (2) address the corruption in the oil sector and unbundle the NNPC (3) Nigerians are poor and cannot afford to have a huge financial burden that government wants to put on them as a result of petrol increase (4) address waste in government”.

“These were some of the core demands placed by the civil society organization and the organized labour before they will support petrol increase”.

“But, more specifically, the Nigerian civil society organization on the 13th day of January 2012 at a press conference in Abuja the Nigerian capital city placed the following demands”.

“The Goodluck Jonathan administration must accept that Nigerians have a right to benefit from their God-given resources. After all the Nigerian government has an agreement with OPEC to allocate 445,000 barrels a day for local refining and consumption”.

“The Nigerian government develops a time-bound program for re-establishing the capacity to process and sell crude allocations to Nigerians at a cheap rate. Nigerians have entitlements that cannot be ignored or disregarded”.

“That the Goodluck Jonathan Administration must accept basic democratic principles. The views of citizens must not only be accepted but must be the basis for all policy development and implementation”.

“However, the reality is that the Muhammadu Buhari government has not addressed the same demand placed by the civil society organization and organized labour in 2012”.

“The refineries have not been fixed; Nigeria still continues to import refined crude, corruption in the NNPC still on the increase, the corporation yet to be unbundled. Yet the Buhari government had increase petrol over four times with N151.58 per litre being the latest”.

“Mr. Jibrin Ibrahim, a professor of political science and former director of Centre for Democracy and Development, one of the major actors in the 2012 protest that held the Jonathan government accountable and rejected petrol price increase on Tuesday tweeted “Things are tough for the commoner as fuel and electricity charges rise as inflation gallops. The new normal is that Nigeria is broke, and we need to start paying real rates for our consumption as the capacity to subsidize has collapsed”.

“I am sorry to disagree with him, in 2012, I worked under Jibrin Ibrahim, his arguments then were clear and apt, he told the government of Jonathon, fix refineries, put in place local production and equitable distribution of petrol product so Nigerians can afford the price, remove government spending which amounted to waste and address corruption in NNPC”.

“Jibrin’s argument that the government is broke is not a new argument in Nigeria, the major argument of Jonathan’s government in 2012 why it wanted to remove subsidy and increase petrol was that the government was broke”.

“We cannot justify the petrol price increase on Nigeria’s brokenness, the government ought to fix the refineries, ensure local production of the product, and equitable distribution, which was the argument of Jibrin, Labour and other Nigerians in 2012”.

“Until the Buhari government fixes the refineries and stops the importation of refined crude, it has no moral ground to remove subsidy and increase the petrol price. This was the argument against Jonathan’s government in 2012 and under Buhari, nothing has changed”.

CUPP rejects fuel price increase, describes it as wicked, insensitive

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Imo Ikenga Ugochinyere.

Opposition political parties noted that this increase is coming barely one day after the increase in electricity tariff by this same government took effect.

“We, therefore, reject this senseless, heartless, insensitive and wicked increase in its entirety,” CUPP said.

“The CUPP holds the view that this latest poison from the chalice of the All Progressives Congress’ government is meant to kill more Nigerians with suffering contrary to the oath Buhari swore to protect them.

“We are therefore calling on this government to rescind this unpopular decision with immediate effect.

“Failure to do this, the CUPP will be taking a legal action to force this government to do so.

“Apart from the legal option, we shall also begin to reach out with a view to mobilizing civil society organizations and organized groups for mass action.

“The Opposition Coalition Human Mobilisation head, Barr. Kenneth Udeze will in the days ahead, start meeting with organised groups to mobilise them to be on same page with the Opposition

“We urge Nigerians to be ready to take an active part in the proposed mass civil action in case the Federal Government, in its usual style turns a deaf ear to our legitimate and patriotic call.”

Buhari’s govt has taken Nigerians for granted: NLC reacts to Petrol Price increase

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has reacted to the recent increase in petroleum price announced on Wednesday by the Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC), calling the development a ‘salt to injury’ situation.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja, Wabba said the Federal Government are taking Nigerians for granted and went on to stress that the NLC rejects the increase and can no longer assure industrial peace if the increment stands.

He said: “It’s like Nigerians are being taken for a ride, the increase in price of petroleum is like adding sult to injury. Petroleum has now been increased more than three times in three months, only yesterday they hiked the tariff of electricity. And to compound it they also reduced the interest rate of savings which effects mostly the poor and the vulnerable.”

“While rejecting this with the strongest terms, I think Nigerian government is taking Nigerians for granted. At the end of the day, Nigerians are becoming poorer and poorer, in fact many people are already on the edge. Many workers are already on the edge,” Wabba said.

He went on: “Certainly we cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony, and we will have to call our organs and we will have to also react, but we reject it in its entirety. They have betrayed the trust of Nigerians, for Nigerians to be protected against the economic challenge that is affecting us.”

Fuel price increase aimed at enslaving citizens – NCFront

The National Consultative Front, (NCFront), led by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba and former Presidential Adviser, Prof Pat Utomi has condemned the hike in the price of petrol.

In a statement by its Head, Public Affairs Bureau, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, described the price increase “as inhuman ambush of Nigerians”, noting that it ill “worsen the woes of Nigerians who have just been yoked with an increased electricity tariff among other devastating policies of government.”

He said, “Being a grassroot mass movement, we have observed the melancholic mood of Nigerians following reports that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Tuesday increased the ex-depot price of PMS from N138.62 per litre to N151.56 per litre.

With the ex-depot price being the amount at which the product is sold to marketers at the depots, it is a no-brainer that this unconscionable hike by the Federal Government will translate to an increase in the pump price of petrol thus worsening the woes of Nigerians who have just been yoked with an increased electricity tariff amongst other devastating policies of government.”

It said the President Muhammadu Buhari -led All Progressive Congress ((APC) government “is carrying on as if its sole aim of seeking and acquiring another term is to punish Nigerian citizens who are still battling with untold hardship foisted by Covid 19 lockdown.”

Tanko called on Nigerians to join hands with the NCFront and emancipate themselves “from a ruling class that can neither guarantee their security nor care about their welfare.”

He said, “Nigerians, if nothing is done can expect more vindictive economic policies tailored towards ensuring that the citizenry is pauperised into docility and submission to the administration’s full-blown dictatorial proclivities. The recent punitive amount of N5 Million for hate speech announced by the Minister for Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, was another building block in the construction of the edifice for despotic rulership by the Buhari regime.

“We believe that the impoverishment of citizens by the demobilising economic policies of the Buhari government is aimed at weakening Nigerians’ resolve to challenge the ruling political at elections by making them docile, malleable and submissive to the Buhari regime. Nigerians can wean themselves off their complacency and docility by joining NCFront to pull off a major Electoral Ballot Revolution that is underway.

“Given that the pay of Nigerian workers can barely take them home, it is wicked for those in authority to feed from the little they depend on for their survival as it is criminally to tamper with their rights under whatsoever guise. Therefore, if it is about reducing overhead cost, governors must leave workers salary alone and rather focus on their security votes and other funds being wasted on their coterie of do-nothing appointees”, NCFront said.

Buhari govt punishing Nigerians for fuel price, electricity tariff hike – PDP

In a Statement Signed by Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary— The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vehemently rejects the fresh increase in the price of fuel to N151 per liter and electricity tariff to N66 per kwh under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its government, describing such as callous, cruel and punishing.

The party demands an immediate reversal of the prices to avert a national crisis, as the increase will result in upsurge in costs of goods and services and worsen the biting hardship being faced by Nigerians, who are already impoverished and overburdened  by APC-imposed high cost of living in the last five years.

Our party asserts that by increasing the price of fuel from the N87 per litre it sold under the PDP to an excruciating N151 while at the same time allowing the hike in electricity tariff from N30.23 per kwh to over N66, the APC has left no one in doubt that its agenda is to inflict pain and hardship on Nigerians to satisfy their selfish interests.

The unjustifiable increase in the price of these essential supplies, coming barely a week after the APC brazenly posted a support for fuel price hike, while attempting to rationalize the excruciating hardship being suffered by Nigerians under the Buhari administration, has further confirmed that the APC is at the center of the harsh policies of the Buhari Presidency.

It is distressing that the APC administration increased the cost of essential commodities at the time the leadership of other countries are offering palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is instructive to add that our nation is doomed under the APC watch.

We know that the APC is an unfeeling party but it is indeed shocking that it could go to the extent of approving such a hike at this trying time, when many Nigerians are struggling to afford staple foods and other necessities of life.

Our party challenges the APC and the Buhari administration to publish the parameters with which it arrived at the increase of fuel price to N151 per liter given that with the prevailing values in the international market, the appropriate price template for domestic pump price in Nigeria ought not to be above N100 per liter.

Our party further challenges the APC-led Federal Government to publish details of its sleazy and over-bloated oil subsidy regime, including the involvement of APC interests in the claimed under-recovery for unnamed West African countries, running into trillions of naira, while Nigerians are made to bear the burden of high fuel costs.

Moreover, the APC and its government have failed to allow an open investigation into allegations of fuel price overcharge as well as the fraudulent subsidy regime through which over N14 trillion had allegedly been frittered by unscrupulous individuals in the APC.

Our fear is that the APC is pushing Nigerians to the wall with its obnoxious and anti-people proclivities and we caution that nobody should misinterpret the peaceful and law-abiding nature of Nigerians as a sign of weakness.

Our party therefore restates our call on the National Assembly to save the nation by calling the APC and its administration to order before they plunge our nation into chaos.

Atiku reject the increased electricity tariffs

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election has berated the government for jacking up electricity tariffs without considering the challenges many Nigerians are facing today. According to Atiku, many Nigerians have not earned income for months. He said the decision of the government is ‘ill-timed and ill-advised’.‬

Atiku Abubakar also said that what Nigerians need at this critical time is stimulus and not impetuous disregard for the challenges they face.

Atiku Abubakar in a statement said, “‪I reject the increased electricity tariffs. Coming out of the lockdown, Nigerians need a stimulus, not an impetuous disregard for the challenges they face. Many Nigerians have not earned an income for months, due to no fault of theirs. This increase is ill-timed and ill-advised”.‬

Fuel, Electricity Hike: Get Back To Work – Timi Frank Tells NASS

In a statement on Thursday, September 3, 2020, in Abuja, Frank condemned the increase in the price of petrol from N148.50 to N151.56 per litre by the Pipeline Products Marketing Company, PPMC, and electricity tariff from N22.00 to N66.00 per kilowatt by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, despite directive by the National Assembly not to do so.

He said that the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigerian, PENGASSAN, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Nigerian Median Association, NMA, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and other Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, must up and defend weak, poor and helpless masses in the face of this massive and unbearable onslaught against their being.

He said “The NLC has rejected the price increase through a statement. It is now time for the Ayuba Wabba leadership of the Union to match their words with action on the streets just like ex-NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, did in collaboration with the Change Nigeria Group, CNG, in 2012″.

He said that the fuel price and electricity tariff increase are not tenable at a time when crude oil prices have plummeted internationally and while majority of Nigerians who are unmetered are languishing under the yoke of estimated billing respectively.

He said “The action of the Federal Government in hiking the prices of essentials goods and services, like fuel and electricity, is tantamount to removing economic ventilators from majority of Nigerians on life support.

“This is manifestly anti-God, anti-people, unacceptable, provocative, oppressive, insensitive, wicked, satanic and a total negation of the social contract between a people and its Government”.

He stressed that since the primary function of Government is to seek the welfare and security of its citizens, the Federal Government must as a matter of urgency increase the nation’s minimum wage to N100,000.00 to mitigate its induced rise in the cost of living.

He asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to urgently reverse the increases as well as reduce its over- bloated cost of governance by 50 percent in order to conserve scarce resources.

He said “The duty of Government is to shield its people, especially the poor and vulnerable population, from the harsh effects of market forces and not to heap pain and anguish on them under the guise of full deregulation.

“Why have they chosen to increase the burdens of Nigerians rather than lighten them?

Why have they chosen to give Nigerians stones instead of bread? Why have they chosen to give Nigerians snakes instead of fish?

“It is dangerous for the Federal Government to aid a tiny cabal in preying on the people in order to satisfy their ostentatious cravings,” Frank said.

Dino Melaye describe increasing fuel price as wickedness

Dino Melaye, a former Kogi State lawmaker, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the increment in pump price of petrol.

In a tweet obtained by NN News, Melaye described the increase in petrol price during a pandemic as” grossly insensitive and wicked by the government”.

His tweet reads; It is grossly insensitive, wicked and deliberately callous for Government to increase pump price of petrol in a time like this. Men of good conscience will not watch the lives of Poor Nigerians taking for granted with outrageous ignominy by a stationary Government. SDM

Meanwhile, APC has justified increase of fuel, claiming Buhari government working for all Nigerians

The All Progressives Congress has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wake up to a new Nigeria where the government works for the citizens, not for a few interests.

The party’s former Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

The statement was in response to the PDP’s criticism of the recent increase in petrol pump price from N143 to N151 and the hike in electricity tariff by the Federal Government.

The PDP had released a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, rejecting the new fuel price and hike in electricity tariff.

Ologbondiyan had said: “The PDP vehemently rejects the fresh increase in the price of fuel to N151 per liter and electricity tariff to N66 per kwh under the APC and its government.”

The APC, however, disclosed that the decision to increase the fuel pump price and the hike in electricity tariff was in the best interest of every Nigerian.

Nabena also recalled that successive PDP governments had foisted on the country a corruption tainted fuel subsidy regime.

He called on the PDP to surprise Nigerians and itself by cajoling its cronies who ran the subsidy rackets, adding that many of them were hiding abroad.

He stressed that the PDP should cajole such persons to return “our stolen commonwealth in their possession.’’

According to him, under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the tortuous fuel queues as a result of biting scarcities were gone.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the APC has been drawn to a shameless statement by PDP on the current petrol price and electricity tariff in the country.

“The pricing template now reflects competitive and market driven components which are supported by the citizenry.

“In an effort by this administration to put an end to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity, President Buhari recently directed a nationwide mass metering programme for electricity consumers in the country.”

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