Reactions to governments increase in the price of petrol have been fast and furious with Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose accusing President Mohammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) of subjecting Nigerians to Advanced Fee Fraud over the removal of fuel
subsidy and increment of pump price from N86.50 to N145 per litre.
Fayose described the increment as wickedness taken too far asking; “was the Federal Government paying up to N58.50 as subsidy on one litre of petrol before now?”
Fayose, who in a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka reiterated his call on Nigerians, especially the labour movement to resist what he called “this wicked act of President Buhari and his party”, adding that; “those who opposed removal of fuel subsidy in 2012 and funded the Occupy Nigeria protest must not be allowed to get away with this imposition of hardship on Nigerians now that they are in power.”
While describing President Buhari as a hypocrite, the governor said; “Nigerians should be reminded that the president once said that petrol subsidy never existed and that it was a fraud. How then can the same President Buhari tell us that he has removed the same subsidy he claimed never existed?
“The reality is that these people lied to Nigerians too much. They made promises they knew they won’t fulfill just to get to power. Now they are showing Nigerians their true colours. They are showing Nigerians that they have come to punish them with hardship.
“Buhari and his APC promised to reduce petrol pump price to from N87 to N45 per litre; petrol is now N145. They promised to create three million jobs per year; they have instead created millions of unemployment. They said $1 will be equal to N1; $1 is now N320.”