As the subsidy removal by the President Buhari administration bites, and with the resultant increase in price of petrol, BuzzNigeria take a look back in history to the 2012 #OccupyNigeria protests against subsidy removal. Shocking revelations emerge.
In 2012, when the ruling APC was in the opposition, notable party chieftains were among the leading voices who protested and criticized the President Goodluck Jonathan administration for removing fuel subsidy and hiking petrol price from N65 per litre to N142.
The #OccupyNigeria protests which was organized by the Save Nigeria Group founded by Pastor Tunde Bakare saw a number of APC stalwarts as well as prominent entertainers as members and participants.
See four prominent politicians who protested against subsidy removal in 2012:
The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, was at the forefront of the #OccupyNigeria protests in 2012.
Dino also known as “Mr Fix It” was a prominent voice during the protests which saw the Goodluck government budge and reduce petrol price downwards to N97 per litre.
Today, Dino is an active member of the APC and a serving Senator for the Federal Republic. One wonders whether Dino will join another protest this time around.
Senator Shehu Sani who is also an Author, Playwright and a renown Human Rights Activist #OccupyNigeria protests. He is the Senator representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District. Senator Sani has hinted that he will protest the current price of petrol and subsidy removal.
The controversial governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was another strong participant in the 2012 #OccupyNigeria protests against subsidy removal.
The governor who in recent weeks has passed laws banning preaching and more recently street begging in his state is fast losing popularity with his people and has pleaded for calm, supporting the new policy.
APC Party Chieftain and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also fondly called the “Jagaban” was another active player in the #OccupyNigeria protests.
The Asiwaju of Lagos has declared his support of the Buhari administration’s removal of fuel subsidy, describing the move as “Courageous”.