Saturday, 14 May 2016

Protest in Ibadan over new petrol price hike

The Joint Action Front on Friday in Ibadan organised a protest against the increment in the price of a litre of petrol to N145.
Led by JAF Coordinator in Oyo State and the immediate past National Treasurer of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Demola Aremu, the protest began at the University of Ibadan with a call on the Federal Government to reverse the decision in the interest of suffering millions of Nigerians.
Organisers of the protest also called on the Federal Government to fish out subsidy fraudsters, who they claimed were friends of government, and prosecute them.
Hundreds of market men and women, who joined the protest, complained about exorbitant cost of living and food.
Aremu, who addressed the crowd, said that the rally was held to sensitise Nigerians ahead of the bigger protest planned for next week.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari-led government had only given Nigerians negative changes in salary payment, power, food prices, roads and “fraud in the increment of price of fuel.”
Aremu added, “Any government that encourages petroleum product marketers to source for money from secondary market is unserious, fraudulent and irresponsible.”
He, however, described the petrol price increment as an onslaught against the Nigerian people, while identifying high inflation as the only achievement of the President since he assumed power.
The protest’s organisers claimed that they were bemused by the support that the decision of the Federal Government enjoyed from the same people who described the removal of subsidy by former President Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2012 as fraud.