LEADER of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams has kicked against increment in price of petrol.
“This is not the best of time for such an increase because there is hardship already in the land. I don’t think this is the best way for Mr. President to say ‘thank you’ to Nigerians for voting him into power. This action negates the expectation of Nigerians, who will definitely suffer due to the increase, “Adams said.
To the National President of the Committee For Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Barrister Malachy Ugwumadu, the increment “has come as a rude shock, not because the seeming signs were not there as we battle with the uncertainty in the petroleum sector. We are really in for trouble.”
But, founder of Prison Rehabilitation Mission International (PREMI), Bishop Kayode Williams endorsed subsidy removal and insisted it was a necessary pain the nation must bear for change to occur.
The subsidy regime, he said, “favoured corrupt Nigerians at the expense of the poor the policy was meant to protect.”
From Nollywood came support for the Buhari administration on the new fuel price.
In his reaction, Association of Movie Producers (AMP) President, Ralph Nwadike pleaded for understanding from Nigerians.
He said: “My brother, it is not easy but we pray it gets better. I believe this government is doing its best to alleviate the situation. We can only pray it gets better. As I speak with you, I am on my way to a petrol station to see if I can get fuel to power my generator tonight (Wednesday).”
President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN),Emeka Ike, equally urged Nigerians to “be patient with the current administration. Good governance doesn’t come easy. We are going through very painful times but, let us give the Buhari administration the benefit of the doubt.
“They made a lot of fantastic promises during the elections, so, I believe things will eventually get better but, government has a lot of work to do and there should be more information on what is really happening.
To Nigeria’s first female minister of Industry and current President of Lagos Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (LCCI) Dr. Nike Akande, increase in price of petroleum product to N145 is “a welcome development provided the fuel will always be available.”
The economist said there was no gain “in having to suffer to look for fuel for days and having to even buy it at an exorbitant amount…” She said “government should let the private sector be fully involved to ensure fuel is available always.”