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Nigeria Union of Journalists [NUJ], Abuja Council, has asked President
Goodluck Jonathan to direct relevant government agency to revert the
price of fuel to N65, in order to avert further degeneration in the suffering of
the Nigerian people, occasioned by the over 100% increase in the pump
prices of petroleum products.
Abuja Chapter Chairman of the NUJ, Mr Jacob Edi who made the call over
the weekend said it is obvious that the policy was not economically
friendly to the masses and must be halted forthwith.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, Edi said, ‘’having seen the hardship which
Nigerians have been thrown into since January 1st, when the unfortunate
announcement by the Federal Government was made, What we want the
government to do , is to revert back to the old price per litre.’’
On President Jonathan’s 25% cut on his salary and that of political office
holders, the NUJ Chairman said that is a hoax as there is nobody to
monitor whether or not such pronouncement would be implemented.
He added that most of the political office holders do not depend on their
salaries alone but more often on funds generated from outside their
On security, Edi lamented that government has not done much to provide
security for the citizens. He recalled that the union had earlier demanded
for the sack of some security chiefs.
According to him, ‘’every Nigerian who leaves his house is not sure of
coming back. We have made calls for the sack of all the security chiefs,
but we don’t know why they are still in offices.
‘’ It has become quite worrisome that some Nigerians no longer feel safe
in some parts of the country. As I speak to you now, I have an
unconfirmed report that Southerners living in the North are relocating to
their states in the South. We all know how the Nigerian Civil War began
and no country can survive two civil wars.’’
He urged all members of the union in FCT, to comply with the directive of
the Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC], to come out en mass for the protest
match against fuel removal today.
Subsidy crisis: Journalists insist on N65
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