From the nook and cranny of the country, mixed reactions have continued to trail the shocking hike in the price of petrol which was announced by the federal government on Wednesday, September 2.
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In what came in as a shock to Nigerians, Legit.ng recalls that government, through the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), said the price of premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol has been increased to N151.56 per litre.
The development came barely five months after the pump price of premium motor spirit was reduced to N123 per litre by the federal government, with the disclosure made in a memo released by PPMC.
In a swift response, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the fresh increase in the price of fuel and electricity tariff to N66 per kWh.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on the other hands, blamed the opposition PDP and its past governments for the current petrol price increase in the country, saying the successive PDP governments had foisted on the country a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime which is now affecting the present government.
Meanwhile, Nigerians on social media have also taken to various platforms including Twitter and Facebook to express their displeasure over the recent pump price hike.
"We have had enough. In these turbulent times, our country is pressing hard on all sides. The Price hike is unbelievable, how can I pay 58 from 27 naira per unit. Fuel 151 naira. How can things get this bad?" a Twitter user said.
Another described the move as insensitive, calling for "occupy Nigeria".
"If I'm quiet today tomorrow I might be the victim or our family relatives. We say no to dey hike in fuel price, No to the hike in Electricity Tariffs, No to freedom of speech. Power is Transient," another social media user said.
Tosin Olugbenga listed the many things that have happened under the Buhari government.
For Sowore, this is Buhari indirectly egging Nigerians to take to the streets.
"This is just too much for Nigerians! President Buhari needs to address this issue before things get beyond repair. Let’s know what this Regime is up to. Exactly what are you fixing? Agriculture, Electricity... Just fix one successfully if you can’t fix the rest," another user said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government on Wednesday came under fire from various groups over the hike in the ex-depot price of petrol from N138 to N151.56 per litre.
Spokesman of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, told ThisDay that the latest development was the fallout of the fake promises made to the electorate by APC to assume power over five years ago.
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