National Youth Frontiers a youth section of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday threatened a nationwide protest against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
In a statement he issued after a meeting with members, Usman Austin Okai who is the National Coordinator warned that the group would go ahead with the protest if the new price of petrol was not reversed.
He also disclosed that the planned protest was due to the increase in the pump price of petrol.
Okai lamented that the new price was aimed at shortchanging the poor in society.
“The increase in the pump price of petroleum products, always has multiplier effects on the living standard of ordinary Nigerians, without commensurate adjustment of workers’ salaries and allowances, saying this is capable of creating uneasy calm in the country.
We are mobilising for a nationwide strike. ”
However, former Kogi Senator, Dino Melaye also reacted to the recent petrol price increase by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the move as insensitive.
Recalled the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), on Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, released a memo where it revealed that the new depot price of petrol in Nigeria is N151.56 per litre.
The new price regime takes effect from September 2, 2020, the statement noted.
Subsequently, many petrol stations have adjusted their meters and are now selling to the public at an average of N160 per litre as observed by this correspondent.
Reacting to the new petrol price regime, Melaye described the price increase at a time that many Nigerians were grappling with economic issues occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic as ”grossly insensitive and wicked by the government”
Melaye on his Twitter page wrote: “It is grossly insensitive, wicked and deliberately callous for Government to increase pump price of petrol in a time like this.”
“Men of good conscience will not watch the lives of Poor Nigerians taking for granted with outrageous ignominy by a stationary Government.”