By Caleb Ayansina

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), weekend, called on Nigerians to resist in totality the recent hike in price of petrol by the Federal Government, describing it as insensitive to the plights of the masses.

Protesters along Ikorodu Road in Lagos.
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To this end, the group made up of over 400 civil organisations called for the resignation of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resourses, Ibe Kachikwu, saying he lacked capacity to manage the sector.

The Chairman of TMG, Com. Ibrahim Zikirullahi, in a statement in Abuja, said “TMG stoutly rejects the N145 pump price of petrol imposed by Federal Government. To say the least, this imposition portrays the government as insensitive, and out of touch with the daily unbearable plight of the ordinary Nigerian.

“Coming at a time when the implementation of the recently signed 2016 Budget, is yet to take off, the hike in the face of groaning and pains, is ill-timed and badly advised.

“It is tantamount to killing a willing horse to ask the Nigerian people, who are already carrying the heavy burden of the failure of governance over the years, to take on one more load of extreme economic hardship, as represented by the imposed price of petrol.”

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