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Fuel subsidy crisis: Melaye
gives Buhari 7-day ultimatum


– Dino Melaye says he will mobilise
Nigerians in a ,match against the
government if the old pump price is not
reverted
– The Senator representing Kogi West, has
given President Muhammadu Buhari a 7-day
ultimatum
– He has asked the APC national chairman
to advise Buhari accordingly
Senator Dino Melaye is set to mobilise
Nigerians against the government if
something is not done about the duel price.
President Buhari has got 7-days to revert
fuel price to the old pump price or stand the
risk of civil disobedience taking over Nigeria.
According to reports, Dino Melaye has
threatened to mobilise Nigerians against the
Buhari-led administration if it does not revert
to the old pump price of petrol within seven
days.
Melaye, who participated actively in the
#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 reportedly 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.
Post
Dino Melaye
My sincere advise is for the National
Chairman of party to our party to
suggest that the federal government
immediately reverse the announced
increase in the pump price of PMS. If
after 7days from Monday there is no
reversal, I will mobilize 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.
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“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. Senator Shehu Sani, the lawmaker
representing Kaduna central senatorial
district, has also expressed reservation over
the hike in fuel price .
Sani, a renowned activist, also took part in
the anti-subsidy protest in 2012, said:
“My position remains unchanged, crystal clear
and unwavering; I 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.”
In the same vein, Alhaji Balarabe Musa has
reacted to the removal of fuel subsidy by
the federal government noted that the move
spells doom for the country.
The subsidy was removed on Wednesday,
May 11 following a meeting between the
minister of state for petroleum and
stakeholders of the petroleum industry.
Kachiku said the decision to remove subsidy
and deregulate the sector was born out of
necessity.
He said the removal would open the market
and solve the problem of scarcity.
He said the removal will positively affect the
economy as it will allow government focus
on other sectors like power generation and
security.
NAN reports that Musa who is also a
national leader of the Peoples Redemption
Party said on Thursday, May 12 in Kaduna
that the action of the government would
bring more pain to Nigerians .
“We are in trouble; the already bad situation
will get worse and it will worsen the poverty
level of Nigerians,” he said.
Musa assured that he would support the
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in its plan to
stage a mass protest to compel the federal
government to reverse the decision.
The politician alleged that the fund garnered
from the subsidy removal would also benefit
a few persons at the top.
Meanwhile, Jide Jimoh, the lawmaker
representing Mainland constituency in the
House of Representatives, has noted that
the increment in pump price was aimed at
the greater good of Nigerians.

“The increment in fuel price is not to put
Nigerians into any form of hardship but to
bring change that will bring lasting enjoyment
afterward,” he said.
“I believe Nigerians will smile and there shall
be light at the end of the tunnel but Nigerians
must understand that President Buhari meant
good for the country,” Jimoh buttressed.
Calling on all Nigerians to be patient, the
lawmaker said: “What is of necessity now is
for all of us to rationalise and be creative and
at the end of the day allow wisdom to prevail
in this circumstance.
“I know Buhari has promised us very good
things but the rate at which Nigerians are now
getting involved like queuing up endlessly
without having the petroleum product is not
good for us.”
Jimoh called on the federal government to
embark on massive provision of buses and
rejuvenation of rail lines to cushion the
effect.