Rights group kicks against incessant increase in fuel price


A civil rights group under the aegis of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), has recently lamented FG’s frequent increase in fuel prices. They said this has impoverished the masses.

The group, in a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Committee meeting held at the weekend, described the increment in fuel price without formal announcement as “anti-people policies and an insensitive step” by those in authority.

The communique signed by the National President, Osagie Obayuwana, and made available to journalists, demanded an immediate reversal of the increase in fuel price, noting that there is no justification for the increase as other than the quest for profit maximisation by those who control the nation’s economy.

Obayuwana, a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Edo State condemned the increase in the pump price of petrol without taking into consideration the adverse effects it would have on the standard of living of the average family.

“It is doubly tragic that this increase comes simultaneously with another hike in the tariff payable for electricity. The logic of passing the so-called increase in the cost of production on to consumers is unacceptable as same is a recipe for perpetual pauperisation.

“We condemn the indifference to and connivance of the Buhari government as these anti people measures weigh down and crush the masses of our people,” Obayuwana said.

He observed that the Nigerian state under the Buhari leadership cannot meet the fundamental purpose for which it was established to uphold the security and welfare of the Nigerian people.

According to him, CDHR agrees with the National Assembly that no other evidence is required in proof that the Nigerian states under President Muhammadu Buhari has not only failed woefully, but has shown through a combination of lacklustre performance characterised by incompetence and indifference.

On the issue of ethnic tension, the legal luminary said “Buhari has through appointment and body language encouraged the thinking that his tenure is to promote the ethnic hegemony of the Fulani stock.

“President Buhari, being an owner of herds of cattle himself, obviously cannot rise above his entanglement in conflict of interest in the Herdsmen/Farmers faceoff,” he added.

It was gathered that the pump price of fuel in some stations in Benin sell between N168 and N170, same as in Imo State. Some stations in Rivers State however still sell at N165.