Ascontroversy continues to trail the recent increase in the pump price of Petrol,a renowned human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr. MikeOzokheme has lambasted President Mohmmadu Buhari and the federal government ofAll Progressives Congress, APC.
The activist who spoke in Abuja accused theBuhari and the APC government of unilaterally jerking up the pump price ofPremium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol to an unprecedented N145from N86.50 and declared that it was unacceptable.
According tohim, the decision of government was insensate, foolish, unsympathetic and anti-peopleand that the APC was clueless and has reneged in all the promises it made toNigerians during the electioneering campaign last year.
Speakingfurther, Ozokheme said that the increment has already impoverished the people,wondering if their offence was voting for the party in the last year’s generalelection.
The lawyerwho was apparently angry with the situation reminded the APC government thatmost of its members were opposed to the price hike by the former government of PresidentGoodluck Jonathan in 2012, wondering why they were favorably disposed to itthis time around.
“The recent increase in the price of fuel fromN86 to N145 is the most insensate, foolish and unsympathetic and anti-peopledecision the PMB government that has yet taken in its flip-flop one year ofclueless and directionless government.
“At a timeNigerians are already groaning under a grotesque over 500% increase in prices ofordinary consumables with the miserly non living wage of N18,000 unaltered, itis inconceivable that government would add to the pains, anguish, pangs andsufferings of the ordinary Nigerians whose only crime is that they “voted” for“change”.
“This governmenthas indecently reversed all its promises to the Nigerian people, treating themas inconsequential nonentities in its governance index.
“It is notabout whether there are advantages in the concrete. It is simply about honour,dignity and integrity in fulfilling election promises which constitute a pact,pactum sunt servada (agreements must be respected) with the Nigerian people”,he declared.