EMMA UJAH, CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – The State Security Service, SSS, Wednesday, warned the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, against its plans to stage an anti-fuel subsidy removal rally in Abuja tomorrow insisting that the security situation could not permit such a gathering.
NYC had planned a National Rally and 24-hour hunger strike against the federal government’s planned removal of fuel subsidy, in Abuja.
It was reliably learnt that the SSS invited the President of the NYCN, Mr Olawale Ajani for “a chat” over the issue and he left the security agency’s premises at 3 .00 pm.
The SSS spokesperson, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, told Vanguard that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, Mr. Ajani was never arrested
The council had, earlier, threatened to pass a vote of no confidence on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, if it fails to suspend the proposed fuel subsidy removal.
The Leadership of the council also declared November 11, as a day for All Nigerian Youth Hunger strike against the federal government, just as it lashed out at the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku for going back on his earlier struggle against oil subsidy removal under the Military regime.
The President of the Council, who earlier addressed a press conference in Abuja maintained that the council would mobilize five hundred thousand youths to prepare for the total blockade of the roads leading to the three (3) arms zone in Abuja, should lawmakers support what he called a ‘deadly proposal’.
He said, “On behalf of the over 70 million Nigerian youths, I wish to declare in equivocal terms that we will stand against the removal of fuel subsidy in all its ramifications. Also the NYCN will collaborate with NLC, TUC, ASUU, NBA, NUJ, NCWS, NAWOJ and NURTW to fight this evil.
“To avert all these actions, we demand immediate cancellation of the proposed removal of fuel subsidy and increased government commitment to boost local content capacity.
“Also, recovery of all stolen monies and cancellation of all criminally reached plea-bargains, public debate on the workability, in the future, of this demonic proposal and pro-active step to put in place modern refineries”.
Ajani further noted that the youths did not trust the federal government’s defence of using the money to be realized from fuel subsidy to develop infrastructures, owing to the persistent failure of the government to fulfil its past promises.
“We simply do not trust the government that decides the fate of the people without involving the young people just because they know we have superior and more valid reasons to support our position.
“The proposal is inconsiderate, wicked, unreasonable, insensitive and anti-people. It is ill timed and they simply want Nigerians to pay for their inadequacies and ineffectiveness. The explanation given depicts a government that lacks confidence in its own local content capacity.