Group Protests in Osun, Lagos and Oyo States over Electricity and Fuel Hike
Osun, Oyo and Lagos States witnessed some protests organised by the Joint Action Front (JAF) over the recent increment in fuel and electricity prices.
In Osun State, the group gathered at Osogbo at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park to call on the Federal Government to reverse the hike.
Speaking with journalists, a co-convener of the protest, Alfred Adegoke, who is a lawyer and former governorship candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), said President Muhammadu Buhari should resign if reducing fuel and electricity price is difficult for him.
Another protester, Waheed Saka, disclosed that “Nigerians have never had it so bad like we are under the current administration. We are here to protest against the hike in price which is not affecting businesses.”
Similar protests also held at Ibadan in Oyo State. A labour leader in the state, Kayode Martins, told journalists that the federal government must bring pump price down to the previous amount and also reverse electricity tariff.
JAF’s vice Chairman, Achike Chude said that the group will sustain the protests if the Buhari administration doesn’t stop inflicting its failure on the common man.
On their part, the Federal Government has said removal of the subsidies was necessary as it was no longer sustainable to keep up with it.