Petrol price increase: Northern group demands reversal, threatens mass protest

Petrol price increase: Northern group demands reversal, threatens mass protest

- Nigerians are not happy with the Buhari-led government over the hike in the price of petrol

- A coalition of northern youth organisations has demanded the immediate reversal of the new pump price

- The group threatened mass protest should the Nigerian government fail to reduce the price

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The increase in the pump price of petrol from N123 to N143 per litre has continued to generate uproar and condemnations from Nigerians.

A coalition of northern youth organizations is the latest to condemn the price increase. The group has also demanded the immediate reversal of the new pump price, according to Channels TV.

Legit.ng gathers that the national president of Northern Youth Council, Isah Abubakar and the chairman of the Nigeria Citizen Action Group, Mohammed Danlamin, made the coalition's position known in Kaduna.

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Petrol price increase: Northern group demands reversal, threatens mass protest

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They jointly maintained increasing pump price of petrol amid the COVID-19 pandemic is insensitive, callous and ridiculous.

The coalition also called for the resignation of those allegedly behind the price hike just as it threatened to mobilize Nigerians for a nationwide protest on Tuesday, July 14, should the Nigerian government fail to reverse the price.

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In a related development, Nigeria's lead opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has also condemned the increase in the price of petrol from N123 to N143.80 per litre.

The party made its position on the price hike known in a statement released on Thursday, July 2, by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Legit.ng gathers that the PDP said the petrol price hike is a punishment to Nigerians considering the current economic hardship in the country.

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It accused the APC-led government of lacking sympathy for the plight of Nigerians, adding that the hike has confirmed that the administration is not pro-poor people.

The party, therefore, asked the government to immediately reverse the pump price of fuel to a price not exceeding N90 per litre.

The statement partly reads: “The PDP notes that in directing a fuel price increase at the time Nigerians are facing the economic and social trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration shows a total lack of human feelings to the plights of our citizens.

“Our party challenges the APC-led Federal Government to present to Nigerians, the indices and parameters it used to determine the price increase, which obviously cannot be in tandem with the prevalent situation in the global industry.”

There have also been heated reactions from Nigerians on Twitter.

Archsay, @Archsay1, said: "I can't understand the reason why fuel will increase in a time like this...So frustrating!

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"No power to run business, the little we've be able to run with generator... hence, an increase in fuel price."

Joseph Adebayo, @ahurilluminati, said: "Even though this is coming from the stable of PDP, Nigerians reaction to this tweet in the past 3 hours shows we are forever locked in poverty of the mind. We can’t muster power to tweet against maladministration again..."

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