By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—MEMBERS of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ughelli branch, Delta State, yesterday, embarked on a peaceful protest, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to rescind his decision on the removal of fuel subsidy or resign.
Speaking to newsmen after the protest which lasted for over two hours, chairman of the branch, Mr Sunny Asanuvwie, said the branch was against the removal of fuel subsidy, describing President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision on the issue as oppressive and criminal in nature.
He said: “The protest is to demand a reversal to N65 per litre. There is no explanation whatsoever by the government that will convince us that it has good intentions for us. President Jonathan wants to use these policies to further impoverish the Nigeria masses, people who are already feeding from hand to mouth.”
Also speaking, former chairman of the branch, Chief Peter Wanogho, noted that “the removal of fuel subsidy affects more than 130 million Nigerians who are unemployed. Majority of Nigerians are unemployed and this is the fault of the mismanagement of the government of the day.
“More than 90 per cent of Nigerians are against the withdrawal of petroleum subsidy, and if Goodluck Jonathan claims to be a democrat, and majority of the people are against the removal of subsidy, then he should reverse it. Shall we say under Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian people are secured? Can we say the welfare of Nigerians are guaranteed under Goodluck Jonathan?
“We cannot allow a cabal, which is anti-democratic, parading themselves as democrats to destroy the democracy we fought for.”