Thursday 3 September 2020

‘Buhari govt weaponizing poverty’ – Rights group reacts to petrol increment

The National Consultative Front, NCFront, has condemned the increment of petrol by the Nigerian government from N138.62 per litre to N151.56 per litre.

The NCFront has also urged Nigerians to call for a revolution via the ballot against the current government in 2023.

The group says the increment is an indication that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government was “weaponizing poverty to subdue Nigerians” from challenging the ruling class.

A statement by the group’s spokesman, Dr. Tanko Yunusa reads: “NCFront is incensed and aghast over President Muhammadu Buhari government’s inhuman ambush of Nigerians with an increase in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, better known as petrol, decreed to take effect same Tuesday it was announced.

“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 the government.

“We utterly regret that the administration is carrying on as if its sole aim of seeking and acquiring another term of political power is to punish Nigerians for a supposed grouse that has remained unclear.

“We believe that the impoverishment of citizens by the demobilizing economic policies of the Buhari government is aimed at weakening Nigerians’ resolve to challenge the ruling political system 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.”

The Nigerian government through a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), had yesterday announced a new pump price of petrol.

PPMC had disclosed that the new increased pump price takes immediate effect.

The new price has, however, stirred reactions from some Nigerians who rejected the action of the government at a time the country is struggling to recover from the effects of COVID-19.

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