From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
A platform of non governmental organisation popularly known as Citizens Voice Against Corruption (CIVAC) have declared their support for fuel subsidy removal and condemn in strongest terms the hypocrisy of some Nigeria’s political figures.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National coordinator of platform Comrade Abdulrazaq Alqali and made it available to news men.
The statement also condemned attacks on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu by both major presidential candidates whom made promises to remove fuel subsidy if elected, but now they are all over the place blaming president Tinubu for doing what they promised to do for Nigerians.
“We also urge Nigerians not to partake in the planned strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) against the removal of fuel subsidies by the Federal Government. Any confrontational action in this regard can be described as misguided, unwise and self-defeating”, it said.
According to the statement, the leaders of NLC and TUC should rise up to their duties and stop playing to gallery or the books of some elites who are benefitting immensely from the petroleum subsidy.
It said, NLC and TUC needs to get their acts together by putting future and survival of Nigeria first.The intended strike and protest will put a halt on the operations of government offices, banks, shopping centres and schools, transportation workers and will also significantly affect the informal sectors including markets and local transportation services.
“This will cause an untold hardship on Nigerians and have significant damaging effect on an already struggling economy. Paralysing the country of more than 200 million people, majority of the citizens live on daily wage will be highly irrational as well as a great threat to security situation in the country.
“we have all witness how criminal elements hijacked the End SARs protest and the amount looting and burning that took place, while turning into tribal violence and killings in some states” it said.
The statement then, called NLC and TUC leaders to avoid putting Nigeria in such delicate security situation urging the Unions to put pressure on the government to revamp the three national refineries (in Kaduna, Warri and Port-Harcourt).