Civil Societies Issue Ultimatum to Buhari over Fuel Hike, Water Resources Bill

– Threatens protest action when ultimatum expires

A coalition of civil organizations comprising of activists, youth leaders and directors of civil right groups have issued threats of a massive protest to the Nigerians government over the hike in fuel price, electricity tariff, and the ‘obnoxious’ water resources bill.

Rising from a meeting over the weekend in the oil city of Warri, the group called for the immediate reversal of the price hikes in petrol and electricity, while calling for the permanent suspension of the Water Resources Bill.

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The groups insisted that the reversal of the price of fuel and power to their previous prices is ‘pivotal to the survival of the poor populace in the country’ as failure to yield to their demand by the Presidency would lead to a massive protest on all federal roads in Delta state.

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A communique made available to Daily Report Nigeria reveals that the groups had reached an unanimous decision to embark on a peaceful protest against the current hike in fuel and electricity prices on 28th September, 2020.

They also called for the permanent suspension of the Water Resources Bill before September 28th, 2020 in order for the Presidency to avoid a mass action from Nigerians.

The statement reads;
“Rising from a meeting Nigerian youths comprising of human right activists, leaders from different fronts and civil society organizations on 12th Saturday converged at Effurun Delta State to reach a unanimous decision for a peaceful protest against the hike in fuel and electricity prices”

“The protest became necessary as a means to creatively engage the government towards being sensitive to the suffering of Nigerians”

“In a meeting that was presided over by Bar. Omes Ogedegbe, Comr Israel Joe, Ozobo Austin and other civil society group leaders yielded a unanimous decision to commence the protest on the 28th September, 2020”

“The Peaceful protest against government inconsiderate policies is aimed at notifying the Nigerian Federal Government that; fuel, electricity tariff hike and the water resources Bill will stifle the economy and worsen the economic woes of Nigerians”

“Nigerians deserve economic, political and social independence and that the government should revert downward the electricity and fuel hike without further delay”

“Important plans such as take-off point, logistics, security were addressed as well as the implementation of strategies, to make it the mother of all national protest”

“The take-off point is from DSC roundabout to Effurun roundabout of the East-West Federal government road.”

“All participants in the protest are on a patriotic and solidarity front to seek better government policies for all Nigerians”

“The coalition hereby issues the Federal government an ultimatum to reverse the price of fuel and electricity tariff before 28th of September, 2020 or contend with the Nigerian masses” the CSOs added.

The coalition presided over by Barr Omes Ogedegbe of the Conference for the Actualization of Human Rights, Comrade Ozobo Austin of the Ijaw People’s Development initiative, and Comrade Isreal Joe, Delta State coordinator of CDHR had a total of 22 civil right groups in attendance.

Signatories to the communique include Comrade Efemina Omukoro ,Youth president Uhrobo Progressive Union; Comrade Ibebe Rufus Akpobome, Director General Youth Emancipation Movement of Africa (YEM AFRICA); Amb. Ugagaoghene Oghenenyore, Director General, Revive Africa Initiative; Comrade Dennis Agori of Africa Global Youths Foundation (AGYF) and Comrade Emmanuel Agbobi of the CRC.

Others include Comrade Emmanuel Aregbor, Comrade Monday Enudi, Comrade Kagbala Ezekiel, Comrade God’stime O.J, Comrade Adjarho Jonathan, Comrade Moses Ukere Eminado, Comrade Emonena Jeremiah, Comrade Steven Luke, Comrade Atiku Sunday, Comrade On Mnative I, Comrade Lucky Emabeyere, Comrade Arigbe Isreal, Comrade Nikoro Amary, and Comrade Igho Ogedegbe.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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