A group, Stand Up Nigeria (SUN) has but pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari not to revive fuel sudsidy, describing it as a fraudulent means by cabals in government and the petroleum sector to aid them rob the country blind.
The National Secretary of SUN, Comrade Sunday Attah while presenting a speech at the office of the Secretary General to the Federation, in a peaceful protest in Abuja declared that Subsidy Corruption came to a deserved end after it became glaring to the present administration of President Buhari, who was brave enough to damn the consequences and pull the plug on the complex life support system that has sustained this criminality to the detriment of other sectors, adding that it should be buried.
“We are in a hurry to bury subsidy corruption even before it is certified thoroughly dead because we do not want to risk the cabals bringing in experts from the organised labour and compromised experts from the CSOs to revive an evil that is best dead.
“This abomination should be interred before it reanimates and cause further damages in our land. Our sincere hope is that the other productive sectors of the economy – education, health, transport, manufacturing and others – can now thrive with the death of subsidy corruption. Its death has ushered in an era of citizens taking more interest in governance and demanding accountability”, Attah said.
Confirming that talks are ongoing between organised labour and the Federal Government and that labour has demonstrated unrivalled ability to revive subsidy each time it is killed, he appealed to President Buhari not to give room for subsidy corruption.
“No blackmail should make the government revive this monster. Nigerians want subsidy payment and the corruption it typifies buried forever without the possibility of it resurrecting again. This outing today confirms to Mr President that Nigerian Civil Society Groups welcome the removal of subsidy”, he further said.
“We want to be free of the fraudulent groups and individuals that had hidden under it to feed fat to the detriment of the rest of the population. Please Mr President on no account should subsidy corruption be revived. This appeal is especially against the backdrop that a few members of your cabinet have been promoting the idea that it was foreign currency support that was withdrawn and not subsidy”, he said.
Members of the group during the protest, bore a casket showing that fuel subsidy is a dead monster and will remain in the grave forever.