By Great Maduawulechukwu
A Delta State based Human Rights Activist, Comrade Israel Joe, has warned the federal government not to make real its proposed increase in petroleum product prices, warning that civil society organization shut down Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari goes ahead with his plan.
Comrade Joe gave the warning in statement made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta State, saying that Nigerians will no longer tolerate the hardship brought upon Nigerians by the present administration at the centre.
He reiterated that they have gotten from reliable source that the federal government of Nigeria has planned to remove Subsidy from petrol products towards end of January or February.
According to Comrade Joe, “Nigerians will no longer tolerate the hardship brought upon us by this government. We listened gleefully to the speech of the president and it wasn’t clear if the subsidy would be removed or not. However, we have gotten from reliable source that the federal government of Nigeria has planned to remove Subsidy from petrol products towards end of January or February.”
“Let it be on record that the federal government of Nigeria has not put forth any superior logical argument about the advantages of removing the longed acclaimed subsidy, as, it has never reflected on the lives of an average Nigerian, rather than suffering, pains, insecurity and stress.”
“It is sacrosanct to inform the general public that we will shut down Nigeria the moment the federal government announced any hike in petroleum product. The CSOs in Delta State will meet on Friday to take a decision on this but I can say conveniently and confidentially say that we will shut the economy down, and, Delta state will never play a second fiddle to the Struggle.”