TMG said the decision shows that President Buhari is out of touch with the happenings in the country.
The group said the decision shows that President Buhari is out of touch with the happenings in the country.
TMG chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi said “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.”
Zikirullahi also said though the group supports the anti-corruption stance of the President, they owe it to Nigerians to speak up against decisions such as this, that will cause hardship.
He said “TMG will join forces with Labour and other activists to resist this hike. With the many economic woes afflicting the country, including job losses, massive unemployment and galloping-inflation, the least we expected the government to do was to give Nigerians a breather, and allow some form of recovery to take place through a stimulus package injected into the economy to rev it back to life before placing any further burdens. To our utmost disappointment however, ordinary Nigerians have been hung out to dry, and left at the mercy of shylock fuel importers.
“These importers who can mobilize funds to import petrol, but cannot invest in refineries, are the ones being given a free rein to exert profit from the blood and sweat of ordinary citizens.”
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) is a coalition of over 400 civil society groups who promote the principles of good governance in Nigeria