Northern groups flay FG over planned fuel subsidy removal, say action inhumane
By Auwal Ahmad, Gombe
Rising from its meeting in Gombe on Wednesday, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Northeast chapter has condemned in strong terms, the planned removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
The groups described the planned action as “unpopular, corrupt and inhuman policy” that would drench Nigerians and the people of the Northeast further into poverty.
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According to the group, the planned hike in the price of fuel from its current price of N165 to N340 represents acts of hostility against the people by leaders who have responsibility to protect them.
Reading the communiqué on behalf of the group, Mr Abubakar Umar Bitako, the Taraba state Coordinator, CNG said the group had resolved to give the Federal Government four weeks to rescind the implementation of the policy or risk an “unprecedented mass action and civil disobedience.”
The group said the promise of N5, 000 to 40 million Nigerians after subsidy removal was “unfounded lies, unwarranted, fake, impracticable, well-intended and unacceptably disgusting.”
“We will join the call on all Northerners to prepare to take their destiny in their hands to deal with all their challenges, including those which seek to deepen their current insecurity and economic impotence and to Marshal all resources towards forcing a reverse of the current trend towards the region’s destruction or permanent incapacitation.”
The group also stated that they would hold President Muhammadu Buhari and all the governors in the country responsible for the combined effect of widespread threats o security, deliberate efforts to deepen the northern economic problems while weakening the region.
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The group accused the current administration of President Buhari as well as all the governors of failing in their responsibilities of ensuring security of lives and property of citizens particularly in the North.
The group concluded by calling on all citizens and leaders in the North to resist the planned implementation of the policy which they said would deepen inequality, underdevelopment, injustice against the North.