NLC don’t have bullet proof helmets for protest against fuel price hike — Ajaero

The national leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has resolved to discuss the upward adjustment of petrol pump price above N617/per litre on Tuesday by oil marketers in Nigeria.

Reacting to calls by Nigerians via Twitter when he as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Tuesday, the President of NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, lamented that “The NLC people are not people that wear bullet proofs on their heads.

He explained that “The NLC is made up of barely 4million Nigerians. You can stay in your house and ask for salvation or provide leadership.

“We will meet to take a decision on on what next to adjust it”, Ajaero said in affirmation that the NLC has rejected the proposed N8,000 palliative for 12 million by the federal government to support poor Nigerians to cushion the effects of the government policy.

Continuing, the NLC President said,
“They will tell you how they reduced the quantity of petrol supply that is going to Niger Republic and Cameron. They (federal government) won’t tell you that the number of vehicles on our roads have reduced. They won’t tell you that somebody who was buying 50 litres of petrol doesn’t have money to buy 20 litres today.

“They (government) will tell you to be patient, but people that are dead will not be patient. What is important is that any government that is not sensitive to the plights of Nigerians, is not there for the purpose of service. It is only interested in the capital in balancing the account.

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“If you watch all the analysis about fuel subsidy removal, it is a question of tomorrow. How can you talk about crude that is produced in Nigeria being an international produce? It is like telling us that garri is an international product. What is the combination”, Ajaero said.

TheNewspad recalls that President Bola Tinubu while addressing Nigerians on Democracy Day which is marked yearly on June 12 in remembrance of the winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola and other heroes of Nigerian democracy, announced the removal of subsidy of petrol otherwise called Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

Tinubu said, “It is for this reason that, in my inauguration address on May 29, I gave effect to the decision taken by my predecessor-in-office to remove the fuel subsidy albatross and free up for collective use the much-needed resources, which had hitherto being pocketed by a few rich.

“I admit that the decision will impose extra burden on the masses of our people. I feel your pain. This is one decision we must bear to save our country from going under and take our resources away from the stranglehold of a few unpatriotic elements.

“Painfully, I have asked you, my compatriots, to sacrifice a little more for the survival of our country. For your trust and belief in us, I assure you that your sacrifice shall not be in vain.

“The government I lead will repay you through massive investment in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare and other public utilities that will improve the quality of lives”, he said.

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