Subsidy Removal: Senator Dino Gives FG 7 Days Ultimatum to Revert to Old Pump Price

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Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west Senatorial district, has promised to mobilise Nigerians against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration if it does not revert to the N86.50 old pump price of petrol within seven days.
Melaye, who participated actively in the 2012 #OcuppyNigeria protests which forced the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan to shelve the idea of removing fuel subsidy, accused the current administration of going against the campaign promises of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He asked John Oyegun, national chairman of the party, to advise Buhari to revoke the increment.
“My sincere advise is for the National Chairman of our party to suggest that the federal government immediately reverse the announced increase in the pump price of PMS,” he wrote on Facebook.
“If after seven days from Monday, there is no reversal, I will mobilise Nigerians from all walks of life for the mother of all protest. This is not what we promised Nigerians.
“The time is not right and the negative effects will be unbearable. A word is enough for the wise.”
Melaye is not the first APC senator to oppose the new price regime in the oil sector.

Shehu Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna central senatorial district, has also expressed reservation over the hike in fuel price.
“I sincerely stand opposed to the removal of petroleum subsidy and I stand opposed to increase in pump price of petroleum products,” he said.
“It will do nothing other than add to the suffering and further impoverish the masses of our people.
“It amounts to capitulation and outright deception for those of us who led millions of people, out in the street, few years ago, against pump price increase and against subsidy removal to now give economic excuses to justify same.
“The moral flag we raised in the past is now the scale of justice to measure the degree of our conscience in the present.”
Sani, a renowned activist, also took part in the anti-subsidy protest in 2012.

Credit: Bamidele Oluwajuwon


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