In a scathing critique of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s recent announcement regarding the removal of fuel subsidies, the Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has condemned the move, stating that it will inflict further suffering on Nigerians. The CHRICED, an organization dedicated to promoting human rights and civic education, expressed its dismay over the hasty nature of the decision, which was made without proper procedures or extensive consultations with stakeholders.
This abrupt announcement has already caused turmoil, with long queues forming at petrol stations across the nation.
The CHRICED has raised concerns about the potential consequences of this decision, highlighting the likelihood of Nigerians falling victim to unscrupulous oil marketers and profiteers in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry in the coming weeks. The lack of a clear strategy to combat these economic saboteurs has left citizens vulnerable and exposed to exploitation.
The CHRICED has questioned the Tinubu administration’s preparedness in dealing with these challenges, especially considering its ongoing struggle for legitimacy due to a legal challenge to its electoral mandate.
The CHRICED emphasized that such a “bull in a China shop” approach to implementing public policy is likely to leave Nigerians even more impoverished and traumatized than they were during the previous administration of Muhammadu Buhari. Having endured a difficult eight years under the previous government’s inhumane and draconian policies, citizens expected the new government to adopt a more thoughtful and calculated approach, taking into account their welfare and well-being.
However, the removal of fuel subsidies without adequately considering other critical issues, such as the country’s crude refining capacity and the revival of its refineries, is seen as a decision that will impose additional suffering on the people.
The CHRICED finds it unacceptable that Nigerians, who have already endured considerable hardship in recent years, are once again being asked to make sacrifices without a clear roadmap from the administration on how it plans to address the economic hemorrhage and public finances of the country.
The organization pointed out that President Tinubu, in his public appearances since assuming office, has failed to address the exorbitant cost of governance, pervasive corruption, and the urgent need to tackle the systemic problems plaguing the nation.
The CHRICED firmly believes that removing fuel subsidies without addressing these fundamental issues will only empower greedy marketers to exploit Nigerians further. Given this grim reality and the similarities between Tinubu’s approach and that of the previous government, the CHRICED called upon organized labor and civil society organizations to prepare for the struggles that lie ahead.
They urge pressure groups to recognize the continuity of inhumane policies from the previous administration and to unite in resisting repressive measures that fail to consider the impact on ordinary citizens.
In conclusion, the CHRICED’s Executive Director, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, stressed the importance of engaging critical stakeholders and focusing on comprehensive solutions rather than simply declaring the removal of subsidies. The organization emphasized the need to revamp Nigeria’s refineries and address the broader challenges facing the nation.
It urged all concerned parties to awaken to the realities of the current administration and unite against policies that disregard the well-being of ordinary citizens.
Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi
Executive Director of CHRICED