02 January 2012, Sweetcrude, IBADAN – Some Nigerians have reacted angrily to the controversial removal of fuel subsidy.
Some members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Segun Ajiboye and the Oyo State Coordinator of Joint Action Front, JAF, Comrade Ademola Aremu who had earlier mobilized residents of Ibadan against the removal of subsidy on fuel have roundly condemned the fuel price hike.
Speaking with newsmen, they said the increase was antithetical to the economic well-being of Nigerians.
Aremu, the State Coordinator of Joint Action Front who joined his colleagues to sensitize Nigerians not to be docile on the issue said, the decision was a manifestation of insensitivity, irresponsiveness and irresponsibility on the part of government.
Instead of the government to allow the deregulation to respond to market forces, it fixed prices for the petroleum products.
He made a fresh call on Nigerians to join forces with the organized labour, civil society to resist the hike stressing that ”we are all stakeholders in the Nigerian project and our view must be respected”.
The incumbent ASUU chairman, UI chapter, Dr. Ajiboye he was surprised that government could still go ahead and increase the fuel price despite the disapproval of most Nigerians.
He said, “Military government would not even do what Jonathan is doing to the people of Nigeria”.
Another lecturer, Aderonke Adesanya, said the sacrifices made by Nigerians for democracy had been in shambles.
She warned that unless the government reversed the increase, the implication would be too grievous for President Jonathan to handle.