The gimmicks in which the federal government used to introduce the new fuel price in Nigeria is quite disarming and citizens can’t help but lament over buying PMS at N145 per liter. Nigerian singer and saxophonist, Seun Kuti, took to Instagram to speak against the increment, charging Nigerians to take a stand against perceived oppression by the government.
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“NNPC gets its dollars directly from crude sales, so it doesn’t have to source from secondary sources. NNPC refines it’s petrol locally, so why are they increasing their pump price if this is just deregulation and subsidy removal? This is a price hike or NNPC has been getting subsidy also? #saynotoimportedpetrol.”
“How much will NNPC sell petroleum since they source locally? It has to be at the old prices right. Dear Nigerians this is our chance to fight back without the NLC or any trade union. It’s simple. #saynotoimportedpetrol.”
“Let’s all only buy from NNPC stations. We have already been queuing for months. This sacrifice will hurt them more than us. Anyone that wants to sell fuel in Nigeria should refine it in Nigeria. This will boost the economy and provide plenty jobs and also plenty petrol. #saynotoimportedpetrol.”
“Let’s shut them down. They always say we can’t sacrifice and organize as a people. Let’s start here it’s simple we just have to #saynotoimportedpetrol.”
“If Buhari was truly fearless. His directive should have been, all marketers must build refinery before they can sell. That way the hardship will be on a few not the many!! Like we don’t know they want to use our sweat to recoup election expenses incurred by their government chicken boys.”
“These people have made billions based on licenses issued in the name of the Nigerian people , it’s time to force them to put some back in the Nigerian people not David Cameron’s backyard. That’s fantastically corrupt.”
“#saynotoimportedpetrol Diesel has been deregulated since 2005. 11 years later the so called ‘market forces’ have driven price down by only 15 percent. In 11 years not a single diesel refinery has been invested in with all the stupendous profits they have made. Don’t fall for the okie doke. #saynotoimportedpetrol.”
Seun has spoken in same manner like his legendary father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who is known to speak for the masses against the ills of the society and the government. In Fela’s time, this fuel crisis would have provoked a well written song that lays emphasis on the ugly position the Buhari-led administration has placed Nigerians.