Concerned about the price hike of premium motor spirit, occasioned by the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s pronouncement in his inaugural address, a group operating under the auspices of the Free Nigeria Movement has called for immediate renouncement.
Threatening to mobilise a mass protest, the group gave the Presidency 7 days ultimatum to restore the old pump price of petrol.
Addressing journalists at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, the Convener of the group, Dr Moses Paul said the movement was aware of ongoing talks with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
He alleged that lobbying by actors for the new pump price was ongoing and called on the NLC not to succumb to anything short of reverting to the old pump price, insisting Nigerians cannot cope with the present situation.
“We are aware of ongoing talks with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the many actors lobbying for an acceptance of the new pump price by the NLC leadership.
“We call on the NLC to remain steadfast.
Dr Moses, who was flanked by the group’s executives and empty containers to demonstrate “the black market boom business at filling stations”, noted that poor people have the right to live with the rich.
”This is the only country we have. We will defend it with every stretch of our being standing on the law. This is the only way that Nigeria can stand for the good of all. As always, Let Nigeria Win.
They condemned the pronouncement by President Tinubu, describing it as dictatorial, even as there were no consultations.
“The dictatorial pronouncement on the removal of subsidy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose ascension to power awaits confirmation by the courts, is a credible specimen in the scholarly hall of politics and governance.
The rush by his mouthpieces to ‘explain’ a clear and unambiguous statement to a deeply traumatized citizenry will make poor reference material in Damage Control”, he said.