Bishop Seun Adeoye of Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry, a church based in Osun State, on Monday staged a one-man protest, dressed in full regalia of his office, to register his rejection of the deregulation policy of the Federal Government which has led to a sharp increase in the price of fuel to N145 per litre, resulting in hardship across the country.
With a placard hung on his neck bearing the inscription “N145 per litre: This is not change but chain”, the bishop, who is a former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council started the protest in front of the Osun State Government House, Okefia around 10am and marched to the popular Olaiya Junction where he addressed reporters.
The protesting cleric asserted that he would not keep silent in the face of injustice and oppression because the masses, who according to him were voiceless, were the ones being affected adversely by the government policy. He therefore threatened to trek from Osogbo to Abuja to protest against the policy if the Federal Government failed to reverse the decision. According to Bishop Seun Adeoye:
“This is not the change they promised the people. At most it should be N95 per litre. This price is too much, many Nigerians are dying because they cannot feed and do other necessary things like buying drugs and all that. Things are very bad and this hike would worsen it.
“There is hike in electricity tariff; things are very expensive and the salaries have remained the same despite this. Churches are distributing food and other items to members every day. Nigerians have been turned to beggars.
“Most of those who are supporting the policy are doing so because they can afford to buy a litre of fuel even for N1000. But we have to think of the majority of the people whose standard of living are seriously affected”.