President should listen to Nigerians- MKO's aide, cleric

2012-01-12
THE PUNCH Newspaper

A former Special Assistant to late Chief MKO Abiola, Chief Olu Akerele, and the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Rev. Peter Adebiyi, have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to listen to Nigerians by reverting pump price of petrol to N65 per litre.

According to them, this will help reduce tensions in the country and prevent Nigeria from disintegrating during his tenure.

Akerele, who gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, also called for the sacking of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, and presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati.

He called on the President to also take the advice of the National Assembly to suspend subsidy removal.

He said it was apparent that the environment was not stable for the subsidy removal, calling on the President to revert to N65 per litre and consult more widely on the way forward.

On the call for the sacking of both Adoke and Abati, Akerele said it was apparent from their statements that both men out of tune with reality as they are allegedlythe architects of the President’s current stance on subsidy removal.

“Both men are not serving the nation. It is apparent that they are not in tune with the realities on ground as their utterances are capable of inciting the people more against the government,” he added.

On his part, Adebiyi in a statement, warned that the strike coupled with the lingering insecurity in Nigeria should not be allowed to snowball into an ethnic or religious war as the nation could not afford to go into another round of civil war.

He said, “Our political leaders cannot sit in the comfort of their opulence while an average Nigerian wallows in abject poverty through their unpopular decisions and policies.

“In a country where the Federal Executive council members have dozens of special assistants and fleet of cars all maintained at the expense of the state, the Senate President earns more than the United States of America President, while billions of naira are yearly budgeted for frivolities, the government should not have deregulated the downstream sector of the economy without putting in place the cushioning effects.”

 

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