PRESS RELEASE BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS)
OUR STAND ON THE HIKE IN PRICE OF PREMIUM MOTOR SPIRIT (PMS) AS ANNOUNCED BY THE ACCLAIMED AGENTS OF CHANGE
Responsibility is leadership and vice versa. A leader who can’t be responsible to his followers should leave the leading position!
Promises when made and fulfilled depict trustworthiness, honesty and statesmanship. When promises fail to be fulfilled, there couldn’t be a clearer definition to disappointment.
The APC-led administration begged for our votes during the 2015 General Elections with a campaign promise amongst many to make the price of petrol as accessible as possible. The hardship and sudden sharp in the increase of the Nation’s most consumed resources is not acceptable.
On numerous grounds, the Minister of State has continuously pegged deadlines to end our hurdle of long queues, none of it yielded. The economy was crippled based on the thoughtless way of handling the nation’s major contributor to economy.
The reasons highlighted by the Honourable Minister depicts nothing but malicious wickedness, unpreparedness of service and a total sense of ‘I don’t carelism’ which is aimed at keeping the country in shackles and chains disguisedly called ‘Change’.
Many may wonder why we are taking this up. We are Nigerian students whose parents depend labour tirelessly to cater for the expensive goods sold in the market.
The Minister spoke of the inability of the country to secure Forex. If audience would be granted, we want to know what befell the Naira-Yuan deal. Irrespective of the scenario, stop giving us reasons why you think our sufferings are legit.
At the N87 official pump price, petrol was bought as high as N400, yet the long queues didn’t dissipate. It further deteriorates and worsens our means of livelihood. With this new official pump price of N145, what do you think will become of other sectors of the economy whose survival is dependent on the carbonated compound?
About two years ago, this present administration (the then opposition) condemned the deeds of the Jonathan government. It is also good to note that the administration in question lost its mandate that same year. Various protests were staged by the opposition camp to knock the then administration to ashes.
If the same acts that were fervently opposed can now be uplifted, it is evident that betrayal, deceit and self-centeredness are the ugly weapons the Buhari-led administration had in their armory.
All evil weapons stored in your arsenal to fashion against the Nigerian populace shall die before their maturity!
Nigerians would not accept this no matter the threats of CRUSH you embark upon this time. We deserve to benefit from what nature has generously given to us. We deserve to be treated like citizens of this country.
Restore normalcy and we will let you realize how peaceful the Nigerian students can be. Do otherwise and we will make you realise that militancy is one of our courses in school!
We call for the immediate reversal of the exorbitant price and a sincere apology from the Federal Government. Now as defiance will spell the most violent protest this Country has ever recorded. The history and record is still intact.Nigeriana did it in 2012,if necessary history will repeat itself.
Mr. President Sir, your economic experts have failed to tell you of the consequences of the nation’s lockdown. With your present stance, Nigeria’s economy will go from crippled to paralyzed.
To summarise, I’ll remind everyone of the slogans used by the ‘Change’ campaign:
“SUBSIDY IS A SCAM, RETRACT IT NOW”
“STOP KILLINGS OF INNOCENT SOULS, STOP FUEL SCARCITY”
“NANS MOUNT AGAINST EXPLOITATION OF NIGERIANS”
Comr. Afolabi Saheed (Seedorf)
Deputy Coordinator, Zone D, South West