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*Nigeria: ByeBye Fuel Subsidy
By Amiru Adamu
When President Jonathan introduced the idea of fuel subsidy removal, many Nigerians including myself thought the idea will be dropped due to its unpopularity with Nigerians. We were further encouraged by the promises made by our legislators, that fuel subsidy will remain. This promise now seems to be a mere dream as the lawmakers themselves are gradually giving ground for the subsidy to be removed.
President Jonathan’s fuel subsidy removal will go down in history as one of the most unpopular policies forced on Nigerians by an elected government. Since the proposal of the subsidy removal Nigerians have protested, pleaded, prayed, cajoled and practically employed all means to persuade the present administration to see reason and consider the hardship that the policy will bring to the masses, but to no avail. Instead of listening to the voice of the people, which happens to be the voice of reason, the government has continued to look for ways to make this historic unpopular move look legitimate and justifiable. I recently saw Madam Ngozi (who resigned her post at the World Bank to come and make our lives a living hell) and some other pro subsidy removal government officials on NTA, discussing with a rented crowd, in the guise of putting the issue to a public debate. If the government was really interested in the will of the people, it would have dropped the idea long ago or at least call for a referendum and see how the policy would have been defeated, regardless of the attempt that will be made to manipulate the result. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station.
What amazes me the most is the claim that the present anti masses administration is said to be a democratically elected government. For if it was a dictatorship, we can understand and let the matter rest, since we didn’t vote for it. But INEC told us, that we voted for the present administration and even provided some results to support their claim. Knowing Nigerians and their wisdom, I wonder if they could have casted their votes, for this hardship.
Anyone who goes to the market now will notice the gradual rise of prices even before the final announcement of the subsidy removal. All indicators have shown, that fuel subsidy removal is a foregone conclusion, I will like to call on Nigerians to take this sad episode as an eye opener, we should all pray for the Almighty’s intervention, keep our fingers crossed and wait for the 2015 elections, that is if the “DICTOCRATS” did not extend their tenure.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
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