Many Nigerians may be biting their fingers for electing President Goodluck Jonathan into office. His insensitive attitude towards the plight of the common man on the streets is ridiculous and unacceptable. Within the last one week, President Jonathan has shown Nigerians twice how less he cares about their well-being with his attitude.
The first one was his insensitive comment on the Christmas day bombing of Christians, while the second one was the removal of fuel subsidy. This morning Nigerians woke up to a hike in gas prices at 138 naira a liter (112%) which is more expensive than fuel in the US in a country that produces fuel.
Since fuel prices has gone up, one can only guess that all mode of transportation and cost of living will subsequently increase while salaries remain low. A lot of Nigerians are barely surviving and living below poverty line.
The Nigeria Vanguard published some reactions:
“we see the action as wicked, insensitive, and a clear demonstration of deep contempt for the plight of Nigerians majority of who are presently at the lowest ebb,” she said noting that the administration did not mind Nigerians suffering if only to please the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, IMF.
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“It is our considered view that this decided action of the Federal Government is not only traitorous, but very callous desire to hurt the Nigerian people, while pandering to the imperialistic intervention of foreign interest. Undoubtedly, this latest decision clearly negates the provision of Section 14(2b) which declares that: “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
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“What is bewildering, however, is that a regime that pretends to derive its legitimacy from the people is implementing a policy that obviates the need for the assent of the People’s representatives. This is a clear mutation towards fascism and declaration of war on the Nigerian people!
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