With the rumour of a possible increase in pump price of petrol getting stronger by the day, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) on Monday warned of the imminent consequences of any such plan at a time an average Nigerian citizen can hardly afford one good meal a day.
The Conference, which is the umbrella body of all registered political parties and political associations in the country, also counseled the citizens never to put their hope on Labour unions in Nigeria, for any reversal of a hike in pump price if the federal government eventually succumbs to pressures from some selfish fuel marketers.
In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the CNPP noted that since 2012, it became obvious that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their allied unions have not proven to be selfless partners with the poor masses in times of need and cannot be trusted at this time or even in the future.
According to the CNPP, “The only hope for the ordinary citizen in the country at a time like this is the CNPP and its coalition of civil society groups.
“Since the rumour of fuel price hike began to make the rounds, observable body language of some government officials as well as their statements point to the fact that the increment is sure to come if the ordinary people did not resist the plan.
“More so, former and present bosses of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have at one time or the other in recent times maintained that the price of fuel might have to be increased from the current rate of N145 per litre due to the rising exchange rate.
The statement said, CNPP was mobilizing leaders of the civil society groups for a mother-of-all resistance if the federal government dares to increase the pump price of petrol at any time.
“Nigerians should not be taken unawares at this time. Those who are conversant with the antics of the current administration know that any time such rumour and the attendant denials by the federal government begin, the time for the increment is nearer than imagined.
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