The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, which is the apex socio-political youth group in the South East Geo-political zone has called on the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Nigerian Youths, All Traders and Businessmen/women, All Trade Unions and all Nigerians students in the entire nation to come out enmasse for a protest march against this evil and wickedness brought upon Nigerians by President Bola Tinubu.
In a statement issued on Wednesday in Owerri, jointly endorsed by the President General COSEYL, Hon. Goodluck Ibem and the Publicity Secretary Comrade Okey Nwaoru said that it is time to liberate Nigerian from her oppressors.
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They said: “we must march on the streets of the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja until the fuel price is reversed to is old price of N198 per litre”.
COSEYL expressed disappointment over the new fuel price hike from N520 to N617 by the Federal Government headed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described it as gross insensitivity and wickedness of the highest order.
According to them, the recent fuel price hike has proved beyond every reasonable doubt that the previous fuel price increment from N198 to N520 was not as a result of subsidy removal but it is a well calculated attempt to impoverish Nigerians so that they will not have the energy and strength to challenge the Federal Government in whatever way.
They group said that before former President Muhammadu Buhari handed over to President Bola Tinubu, fuel was sold for N198 in fuel stations and upon assumption of office of President Tinubu, he unilaterally increased it from N198 to N520 and N550 depending on the state.
They said that when Nigerians are still battling with hardship to settle with the previous price of N520, the same President Tinubu within 2 months in office increased the same price of fuel to N617.
They said: “if we minus the new President Tinubu fuel price of N617 from N198 of former President Buhari’s old price, the answer is 419. This tells Nigerians the kind of President we are dealing with”.
The youth body said that it is high time Nigerians throw away ethnicity, tribe, religion and other evil tactics used by the political class to divide us and face the monsters who are hell-bent to destroy the livelihood of the common masses.
They said that the fuel price have been increased to N617 per litre, asking if there are any Yoruba , Hausa/Fulani or Igbo fuel stations where his tribe men or religious members can buy it at a cheaper rate? The answer is capital No!
They said: ” it then means that we the masses, the true Nigerian people are the ones targeted for extinction by the political class who are in power.
They described it as very unfortunate that a few people in Aso Rock are eating and enjoying while the majority of the Nigerian citizens suffer and die in abject poverty in the midst of plenty and abundant natural mineral resources.
They said: “We don’t need any palliatives, we only want a reversal of the fuel price to N198 per litre”.