The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) says it is ready to lead Nigerians in a protest against the Federal government over the planned removal of fuel subsidy.
CNPP said this as it knocked the leaders of the Nigerian labour unions, including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), accusing them of “representing their personal interests and not that of their members.”
The CNPP, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said it was prepared to lead the anti-subsidy struggle when Nigerians are ready to take their future into their hands.
The group claimed that the federal government wants to implement fuel price increment, not subsidy removal, adding that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the federal government are deceitful.
“Before they won the election in 2015, the APC made Nigerians believe that fuel subsidy does not exist, tagging it a scam. But immediately after they won the election, the APC led federal government swiftly increased the pump price of petrol.
According to the CNPP, “it is disheartening that the Nigerian labour unions have joined the All Progressives Congress-led federal government in its deceitful and manipulative tendencies since the APC government came to power.
“The former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Ibe Kachikwu, in December 2015 revealed that the federal government has concluded plans to remove the subsidy on fuel by 2016.
“By May 2016, the Federal Government announced that it had removed fuel subsidy and petrol was to sell for N145 per litre. In fact, NNPC made Nigerians believe that marketers were free to bring in fuel cargoes and sell, subject to meeting standard quality control.
“This cycle of deceit has continued till date as the federal government has hinted on yet another fuel price increment which it has again tagged fuel subsidy removal. How many times will the government remove fuel subsidies?
“The same labour unions leaders who were part of the earlier negotiations are the same ones negotiating with the federal government today in another cycle of personal enrichment while Nigerians are to pay N340 per litre of petrol and at a time cooking gas is already out of the reach of the ordinary citizens.
“It is laughable that the only palliative from the federal government is N5, 000.00 naira to a few Nigerians, which government officials will eventually siphon into private pockets like the COVID-19 conditional cash transfer.
“With the level of infrastructure decay in the country, where all federal roads are not motorable, the federal government is talking about cash transfer because it is the new safe way to siphon our commonwealth.
“The CNPP is ready to lead Nigerians anytime they want to end this series of subsidy removal deceit by the federal government in connivance with labour leaders in the country.”