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As Nigerians celebrated the dawn of a new year, the Federal Government of Nigeria delivered a “New Year’s Gift” in the form of the formal removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMMS).

This comes after months of speculation and a town hall meeting featuring speeches by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other stakeholders.

The removal of the subsidy is effective immediately.

What this means is that price of petrol in Nigeria will rise by over 100%. This aspects almost every facet of Nigerian life as transportation prices are likely to rise and cost of doing business as well. Given the poor power management infrastructure and erratic electricity supply situation in Nigeria, businesses which rely on petrol generators are likely to increase their prices to manage costs.

Below is the official statement.

PPPRA Announces Formal Removal of Subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)
Following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the nation, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) wishes to inform all stakeholders of the commencement of formal removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), in accordance with the powers conferred on the agency by the law establishing it, in compliance with Section 7 of PPPRA Act, 2004.

By this announcement, the downstream sub-sector of the petroleum industry is hereby deregulated for PMS. Service providers in the sector are now to procure products and sell same in accordance with the indicative benchmark price to be published forthnightly and posted on the PPPRA website.

Petroleum products marketers are to note that no one will be paid subsidy on PMS discharges after 1st January 2012.

Consumers are assured of adequate supply of quality products at prices that are competitive and non-exploitative and so there is no need for anyone to engage in panic buying or product hoarding.

The PPPRA in conjunction with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) will ensure that consumers are not taken advantage of in any form or in any way.

The DPR will ensure that the interest of the consumer in terms of quality of products is guaranteed at all times and in line with international best practice.

In the coming weeks, the PPPRA will engage stakeholders in further consultation to ensure the continuation of this exercise in a hitch-free manner.

Signed:
Reginald Stanley
Executive Secretary, PPPRA

What are you thoughts?

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81 Comments

  1. Thady

    January 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    PDP is a disgrace to the black race what do u want the man earning 18000 per month to do ?

  2. Ene

    January 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I understand that the money is needed for the development of the country. However, this is not the time. Prices of everything will skyrocket and road transportation is the main mode of transport. We do not have 24/7 electricity and people need to fuel their generators most of the time. This is an anti-people move….a decision the masses will suffer for. Very sad start to the new year.

  3. me

    January 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Bella it’s not 50% it’s almost 70% n that’s more than double omg!!! Even rich men will cry. what will happen to poor men receiving N12,000 a month, how will they get to work wow… cost of living would soon become cheaper in Westernized countries like Britain … n they won’t pay minimum wage

  4. me

    January 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I mean it’ll be as expensive as some developed n expensive countries … no light … n why such huge percentage at one time? worst part is this money won’t be utilised well, will just go to pockets of politicians.
    Why can’t they look for other means to make money for the country like exportation smh…

  5. me

    January 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    God’s kingdom is the only hope for dying mankind because one thing that am sure off in this country is that once anything starts no going back,as if the lekki toll is not enough and now this?

    • Wahl

      January 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      God’s kingdom is the only hope for dying mankind? Please tell me you were joking when you wrote this!

  6. sunshine

    January 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    So its to be riding bicycle to work now abi?

    • 9ja gal

      January 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      My dear, bicycle no be small thing oo! We will soon turn to “Green” Nigeria. Or as my friend puts it: “We will soon start riding horses to work since grass is still free”.

    • diamond

      January 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

      lmao. na true oh!

  7. allen

    January 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    MAKE them construct bicycle lane na…….. haba…. !

  8. J.Wills

    January 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    This is just wrong…it is saddening..does our comments really count cos it seems the government still does what it wants to do no matter what the public says..it is just too bad for the pple not to be taken into consideration..here is a country dat one of our natural resource is petrol..this is jst too bad to think that d govt jst sits up there carrying out decisions that would not in anyway affect them but d public..I say dey are inconsiderate and we demand an explanation for this decision.

  9. rasheed lawal

    January 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I regret voting for Jonathan. By now nigerians will vote for right candidate

    • partyrider

      January 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

      …and what guarantee do you have that any of the other candidates would have done better or will do better job than GEJ?.its not time for regrets my dear

  10. Charles Ighodalo

    January 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    If evry change, our God is stil on d Throne. He does nt change. Embrace Him nd d rest is History

    • Wahl

      January 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Poor man’s mentality. Such illiteracy being spewed by an educated person…

  11. Goodluck Jonathan watch your back!

    January 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Take it or leave it,Nigeria is finished..hoping 2 settle back home soon..now im scared!

  12. nubie

    January 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    is there any hope at all? But Nigerians are resourceful, someone will find a way…Resiliance is the R in Nigeria

    • kambinachi

      January 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

      please what way is there to find?? even as things were before subsidy was removed, was the poor man making any headway??? who will provide for his healthcare, food and social amenities. no, when people absolutely have no way to make do, THEY DO WITHOUT; they don’t make a way. please this is nothing personal against you, but it is the mentality that no matter what, something will work out, is what drives people to think that they can get away with anything – yes, a little whinging here and there, but nigerians will always survive eventually. i am very saddened by this, because no, they LITERALLY DO NOT SURVIVE. they have no money to pay for food, healthcare, and eventually fade into oblivion (they die). so please tell me what survival there is in death, or what resilience is displayed?
      The removal of the fuel subsidy is an all time low for Nigeria.

  13. Woman

    January 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Suffering and smiling, Fela has said it all. Whoever believes this move is to develop economy is not just naïve but ……. If they really want to help nigerians they should reduce their salaries and perks, afterall they are supposed to be “public servants”. Another thing, please let’s not be preachy about this (remember the first commandment), we have been blessed wit too much human and natural resources, the heart of a wicked man doesn’t change until experiences teaches him otherwise (even then not all the time). Nigerians fight for our right or else let’s just continue “suffering and smiling” and stop name calling, it has no effect.

    • kiki

      January 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Thank you so much u just said it….it either we fight for our right or we just shut up and keep smiling and eating the shit we have been given.

  14. sandi

    January 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Who said they know d money is needed for dev’pt…Deve’pt my backside..all d oil money they make is more than enough to dev nig if that was the case.isnt it d same oil money UAE dev their nation with yet no taxes on citizen!!..may God send the spoiler that destroys to destroy d tares of ssatan(nig leader and d ones that came up with this) and cast them into the lake of fire..and may all the plan,ideas and strategies of d devil and his demons against nigeria fail and be destroyed forever amen..this i pray according to Gods will amen.

  15. sandi

    January 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    whoever wants to focus on my typos above can do so not having anything tangible to say..my typos xpress my level of annoyance while i typed.

  16. hotdame

    January 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Naija, which way? Why would jonathan do a tin like dis in such a crucial time. Dis is totally ridiculous. We have issues like boko haram rocking our nation and all he could do on new years day is dis? We are in big trouble o. I just filled my tank today with almost 9k. For a camry? God pls help our nation nigeria

  17. moses

    January 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    May devil purnish everyone dat has supported ds move by these bastards….hw do expct d poormen 2 feed and go to work?…we all knw dat this funds will not be used for anything useful…we must not sit down and let this type of thing hapen….its unacceptable….

  18. Mr Tee

    January 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    it is so absurd that the government is doing this at the beginning of the year. What would the common man earning 18000 naira and having a family do? the truth is that the removal of subsidy would have a snow balling effect as it would touch every aspect of peoples lives. worst of all since they say PMS is deregulated, these petrol stations would start playing balls with poor Nigerians because there would be so much sharp practices at the end of the day!

  19. hajara

    January 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    This is really unfair! I cry for ds country.wat kind of leaders r ds dt don’t gve second thought for the poor

  20. Dr, fouad muhammad

    January 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    God safe us. The level insecurity has just been feul, poverty has been aggraveted,and corruption will surely mutate to the worst as people will only be able to cope with life if they politicians. If you have a means of getting your family out of this mess please do because nigeria is not a place to be @ this momentm God save naija

  21. Anonymous

    January 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    @Sunshine, you re quite funny “riding bicycle to work” where is the good road?

  22. me

    January 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Sunshine, you’re indeed a ray of sunshine, lwkm4h, lurv ur sense of humour

  23. Brownsugah

    January 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    It is so painful and worst off he couldn’t wait for a better time to announce it, it had to be on New year’s day of all days to dampen the happy moods of people. Let’s not just adopt the siddon look approach, this is cruel! We need a change, people friendly goverment, leaders and not rulers that will listen to the cry of the citizenry and even if there is to be a removal then adequate measures would have been put in place to cushion the effects. We do not have NEPA generated light and so we generate our own electricity by running generators which rely on fuel and then we fuel our cars. Why didn’t the govt. give us good electricity first before making its wicked decision? I’m disappointed in this administration and i hope and pray for a change. May God help Nigeria!!
    http://nitabrownsugah.wordpress.com

  24. O.J Austine

    January 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Absolutely nonsense! I reject this new year gift with all happiness!

  25. Wahl

    January 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    It’s not bicycle that we need. We need to revolt. I don’t mean peacefully, I mean forcefully getting those fucks outta the government house. In a country where men of very low IQs rule over a bunch of 140 million docile people, this is what you get…

  26. della

    January 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    It’s absurd, for those planning to relocate back home, this is a stay-put warning now. How do the poor survive…#LawlessCountry #NoCareForMasses

  27. tutu show

    January 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    this fuel tin is nt funny at alll. reality will done on pple by tuesday wen they resume work fully… its nt as if govt increased salary oooo.

  28. Mongue

    January 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Most people on min wage or under take the bus. Most buses and trucks run on diesel. Diesel price has been 150+ for a long time………how does this affect the masses so much? More like the middle class who have cars of their own and okada fares. Maybe it will help reduce the number of okada

  29. ayomipo oladapo

    January 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    If dias is constant electricity supply&100%salary increament on salaries of civil servants dia will be an almost perfect balance bt without this,it is going to be expensive to survive conviniently as an average nigerian

  30. Suleiman

    January 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Its unfortunate, untimely and uncalculative new year gift coming at a time when people have traveled. This is the only Government that could not put a smile on its citizens face within the first year but rather tears. Nigerians should not expects much because it is the same old brigade in government. The said intentions are suspicious, because they don’t honour theirs words. Threats of strikes every day. The hope of the poor masses is on God only for provision and sustenance.

  31. Ntukokwu Obinna

    January 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    SMH….(-_-)
    God supply my needs according to ur riches in Glory that’s all I can say…u can like to say an Amen to that…

    • partyrider

      January 2, 2012 at 1:42 am

      really? i dont mean to sound like a pagan or whatever, but this is not what we need right now.

  32. mekhi phifa

    January 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    If u listen 2d proponents of Subsidy Removal very well u can see they mean very well for ds country but d BIG problem is d entire SYSTEM dt ds very UNPOPULAR strategy can be actualized for d expectations of masses

    • Ready

      January 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I agree. They mean well…but I think they went for the easiest route. I think they would rather piss the masses off (cause we’re a quite docile people) than piss off the elites who gain from the loopholes in the system. If they actually tried to rid the system of its inefficiencies or do something like actually build a refinery, it could be the end of their careers or themselves IMO. My thing is just, why blame just Goodluck? It’s not an executive order, legislators are part of this too…we never scrutinize their voting record or what tangible thing they’ve done. In all the debating, what have our federal reps or senators said? And we voted them to represent us…we really need to pay attention to our democracy. Frankly, the subsidy is too costly, and if continued, future generations will have to pay for the massive debt it would cause…but palliative measures should have been put in place.

  33. pettybembo

    January 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Its time 4 us to ask dat man to leave the office, all he promised us he didn’t do any of it n now see wot he’ throwin in our face. Am very sad abt dis, can’t get mysef together, Jona shd remember he was once a poor man n he knw aw dat feels. Its time 4 us to fight back, we can’t allow dem take wot doesn’t belong to dem bcos we all knw wia dis money is going.

  34. Osmonds

    January 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Badluck not goodluck to nigeria and pdp party.

  35. macho

    January 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Well at last, they did it like they PROMISE, is like they will never leave that position of power again, who is this Goodluck?. i hope his going to be happy with the hardship he brought to the people of Nigeria. Yoy are such a disgrace to the NATION, like we don’t know what you guys are going to do with the money. What have you done since you have been in POWER, MR PRESIDENT SIR?.

  36. jaa

    January 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Poor masses will die, robbery will be on the increase

  37. onyeka crocc

    January 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

    i went to get fuel , wow , it was only black market i saw selling , 300 per liter, i was like oya , this okadaman, take me to ikorodu road, i must see fuel cos i already cheacked round surulere with the car , i didnt see any, the byk man said i should pay 800, on a normal day, it will cost just 200, what happens to other things that depends on this same fuel, when they have all raised prizes ? even him jonathan will b affected. this time, people will fight the government with evry thing they have, even if it mean death.

  38. NNENNE

    January 2, 2012 at 5:20 am

    It is really a sympathetic situation. I just hope that our people will not resort to violent protests. Violence does not help. It only makes things worst.If properties are spoilt, the little resources we have will be used to fix them gain. Whatever happens, I advocate for a peaceful dialogue!!

  39. babe

    January 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

    GEJ is a thief,he shud remove corruption not subsidy,he’s just too dumb,him and his looters ll milk nigeria dry, greedy and corrupts ppl,we can’t sit and watch dem continue lyk ds, we nid 2 rise so dey ll knw we v a voice,a president who can’t provide security,electricity,jobs,gud roads. He has failed,he doesn’t v a purpose 4 ds country

  40. Woman

    January 2, 2012 at 7:26 am

    @Mangue, seriously u believe it will affect only the middleclass, do u live in 9ja? Just rush hour on a daily basis transport cost increases, and who told u buses use diesel? Ok let me spell it out, cost of food will increase, houserent will increase etc for the masses. Kai nigerians and naivety. And whoever believes that debate they had is just as stupid. We hve soo many programs, MDGs, small and medium scale enterprises, etc, on ground already, what are they doing? Govt only realised that they need money for economic dev? Pls pls let’s not be stupid, that’s why govt is telling us such CRAP!!! Govt has so called “good intentions” and yet is still sooooooo corrupt, mtschwwwwwwwwwwwww

  41. Ikueze Alexander

    January 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

    This is so disheartening! Having to start a new year with such depressing news. This goes against all laws of humanity,putting through with such decision and not preparing adequate backup plan for it all in the name of developing the nation and building our own refineries. Let’s not forget the fact that most of the perpetuators of this evil have personal refineries abroad & the money gotten off this subsidy goes all back into their pockets…….with tears I ask! “Nigerians! What r we to do?”….”are we still gonna these peaceful people I used to know?”…. Are we all just gonna fold our handed and suffer in penury?…..

  42. Lucky

    January 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Nigeria is a failed State. A Country without Regular Power Supply is removing fuel subsidy to the detriment of the masses. Most of those who are in support of this removal are selfish and those in government don’t pay fuel. A country without refinaries; no public transport system; no good roads, insecurity everywhere. What are we enjoying in this country as Nigerians? We should not be comparing Nigeria with those countries where the system works. In Ghana, there is regular and uninterrupted power supply.
    Most of those you see buying Petrol in Nigeria, don’t have cars. they use this petrol to run generators. Government should fix the existing refinaries; give us regular power supply and other social amenities before talking about subsidy removal. Nigeria is a country in DARKNESS. Our airports are the worst in the world.

  43. johnbuckley

    January 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    God plz help ur ppl in diz 9ja is getting worst every day by day. Plz my dear mr President am nw on my knees saying nd begging dat u should rething of what 2 do about diz sad news we heard,i mean if it is true nd not rumour.

  44. Ade

    January 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    God bless Nigeria but those who trouble this nation who nowwants us to pay for their foolishness to know th right thing to do and their corruption are cursed forever. The enemies of this nation will never see good. Pain will not depart from their lives as they have sown the seed of pain they will reap it in abundance as for us we will rise above whatever they throw at us and it shall be well with us

  45. jrk

    January 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    this is the beginning of the end for Nigeria. A revolution is coming……

  46. oyin

    January 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The govenrment of this nation has no wisdom whatsoever,i mean if you have to remove fuel subsidy why dont you reesolve our electricity issues so that the effect of the removal of subsidy wont be so bad or is there subsidy on electricity as well? most, if not all of these law makers dont know what it is to put fuel into a vehicle or generator,rather than do good for us all they are busy with issues that are not pertinent. i dont blame GEJ for making such a dumb decision,we can all tell that he is a natuarally dumb person just by studying his wife and her ‘unique’ vocabulary.

  47. fochi

    January 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Jonathan is the worst president ever. i regret ever voting for him. i just hope we would survive cos the price of everything would just rise.

  48. kelvin onome

    January 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Since they do not buy petroleum products with their money they feel they can do what they like.I for one will have to say that we all must do something to protect our land from the evil click which our president and his members by doing what happened in the arab world.we can be fools for ever.pdp must go for a change in nigeria.

  49. Inori

    January 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    All i can say is that i hope GEJ drops dead ,him his family all the senators and every one who approved of this.The man is a failure as a president and a liar to boot,where will the money go ? what about the diesel subsidy money what has it been used for ? paying senators salaries and lining the pockets of politicians.May they all rot in HELL

  50. Nkechi

    January 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    hike in fuel prices and cost of living due to fuel subsidy removal, bomb blasts, 3-day ultimatum to christians in d north to leave by boko haram ……….. where exactly are we heading to in nigeria

  51. gokzylee

    January 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    everybody should shut up!!! How many of you will go on the street with me to fight this bastards? you can respond to this topic only if you wish to fight for youy rights

    • Wahl

      January 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nigerians are all mouth no action. My brother, if to say I no dey school for yankee, I for wear my bullet proof vest come join you o.. =D

  52. diesenchanted

    January 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    how many are willing to go out on the street to protest? how many of us are ready to dare d consequences that will follow mass action. we all wanna enjoy the benefits of a revolution but no body wants to bell the cat. talk all we want but until we decide to take a stand, put our petty pride and cowardice aside, nothing, NOTHING!! i tell u, is gonna change. its easy to talk revolution on BB,FB,twitter and all other social media but to come out come protest na d koko! may God help us

  53. kayode

    January 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I’m ashamed of myself. I want to apologize for my heartless abuse of your meek and gentle self. Please accept my sincere apologies.

    I did not mean any harm. If I had known that you were as fragile as an egg, I would have been massaging your tiny ego instead of throwing darts to strengthen your muscles.

    Just like you, Mr. President, I want to move Nigeria forward. I want to do it in a gentleman’s way – without shedding any sweat. But I have seen that Nigeria is such a heavy load that anyone involved in that venture must be ready to perspire.

  54. Ngozi

    January 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    [WITHOUT THE GBAGAUN] The funny part (not that its funny but its worth a chuckle or two) is that all the political apathists that voted our fav Zoologist Mr G.E. Jonathan to the Presidential seat will at least think twice when heading to the polls next time. The removal of fuel subsidy is just a beginning of many senseless and elitist policies to come. The sheer fact that the PDP (people’s deception party) was voted back into power this year just represents to me that Nigerians are NOT prepared for change. Grow balls, Vote in a different Party. Perhaps listen to their manifesto and make a clear informed decision, rather than vote or someone because he is a Southern Christian. I sympathise with the working class and lower middle class that will feel the burn but we must rid our selves of political apathy and do something fast! Mubarak was removed, Gadaffi was removed…….

  55. kend®a zuhair

    January 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Those of us residing in the north are seeing the hot end of this drama. We have to deal with both the government and boko haram. May God help us.I wrote a little on this issue on my blog. Please click on this link.
    http://zuhairdeconstructed.wordpress.com/

  56. Sherif kehinde

    January 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Why is nigeria getting so bad and we said we hav a gud leader god we hav mercy on us

  57. Sherif kehinde

    January 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Our leader is very bad

  58. nich

    January 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Gokzylee and Disenchanted…..thank you for saying the fact….a lot of people want to enjoy the fruit of revolution but are not ready to pay the price which is death or living….

    20 yrs ago i forsaw this coming and i prayed to God almighty………..father i do not want money, a car, not even education, no money, clothes or any such material thing apart from life and to get me a visa to Gods own country.

    God answered my prayer after 19yrs……here in houston texas i drive on smooth road without dust punching into my ear or eyes. i do not have all the money in the world but i sleep without fear and wake up without fear……..i am achieving all of my dreams in life….i also know that my children would have a wonderful future………

  59. nich

    January 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    After making my decision i called on some of my friends to tell them what i forsaw about nigeria in the next 20yrs…………….some dropped out from school and saved some money withing 7yrs and left for places like the bahamas, belgium, austria, south africa, finland, sweden, ireland…………some where very lucky and got a visa to the three best countries to make it and live in the world….united states, canada, australia…….today some of the are lawyers, nurses, doctors, cleaners…………about %90 of them have all reached sucess in those countries …….

    only about %10 of those who told me that nigeria would be good by 2000 have succeeded in nigeria today……………20yrs down the road my village is still the same……., no water, bad road, no security, everybody living in fear….

    Only the rich can claim to be secured in nigeria today…………If the rich believed that nigeria will be good why are the sending their kids abroad…………..if our pastors believe that nigeria will turn a new leaf in few yrs why are they sending their kids abroad………..

  60. nich

    January 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I know some people are arguing that this will save nigeria in the future…………….i am sorry for this group of people with such thoughts……….you think a corrupt government cares what people like you think……..

    western countries can make such quick changes because there is always alternatives but not a nation like nigeria………it is true that things are not %100 of how it used to be in europe and the united states….but the minimum wage in the united states have not changed, every american student is still being giving scholarship and grants, unemployment benefits, grants…..it is lazy americans who wants white collar jobs that are suffering…….
    nigerians are hard working and talented…we have seen it in nollywood and the rise of the pentecostal churches

    In conclusion,………i want to say that except there is a blood bath revolution in nigeria……..africa will remain a shame even in 50yrs…

    revolutions took place in east africa because the are muslims…they are ready to die….

    but it cannot happen in nigeria because christians do not believe in revolution…….they are also afraid of death….they forgot that the isrealites fought all throughout generations

    • ogie

      January 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Let us live the Govt for PDP to do and they will see the next election.

  61. a0

    January 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Were Nigeria to have consistent electricity, a decent road network, free secondary education, decent hospitals, job opportunities for youth, and adequate security, et cetera perhaps this fuel subsidy removal would not be so outrageous and hurtful. That is what the present (and past) politicians do not seem to grasp: they are as corrupt and evil as sodom and gommorah. Their inability (or should I say refusal) to develop Nigeria and theft of public funds is the underlying primary reason Nigerians are angry about the removal of the fuel subsidy. The politicans are hypocrits. They are using public funds to subsidize lavish lifestyles that include posh homecs, expensive cars, top notch education for their children abroad, you name it. Yet, the little subsidy that the average Nigerian gets by way of fuel subsidy (and by extension lower cost of goods and services) is being taken away.

    So, what to do? The obvious answer is revoluation, but that is unlikely to happen and the politicians are counting on this. They know that the ethnic and religious divides work against the people joining hands to rise up against them. The constant bombing by Muslim boko haram Hausas/Fulanis on Christian Igbos is a fine example of this divide. Also, the aftermath of Biafra for the Igbos and how Ken Saro Wiwa (and the Ogonis) were dealt with will cause people to have second thoughts about rising up.

  62. danladi

    January 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Yes good/badluck you thought you’v succeeded, but you forgot how dangerous it can be, to payback evil for good.

  63. MelonX

    January 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Let the truth be told…the only reason most of you are venting is because it will take a chunk out of the brazilian hair budget. For the so-called poor people or “common man”, they are already used to hardship…it won’t affect them. But the middle class will have to adjust the salary of their help and diesel/fuel purchase (maybe some will even go without electricity all together; this will take a chunk out of the designer bags budget as well. So let us look forward to a BN with less long weaves…all the ladies in 9ja already look the same to me, maybe we get to appreciate our natural beauty now. LOL.

    • Tiki

      January 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

      And you actually thought you were being funny/witty?

  64. cyndy

    January 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    seriously i hv not gotten an ansa 2 dis ? Dat kips cumin 2 my mind…wot ws jonathan thinking?? Tins r really not goin 2 be anywhere near easy, life wud be tough automatically; but in God we trust…

  65. naijalove

    January 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    ive been on twitter hearing this and people are just blaming nigerians………for what? its not our fault that there are no good leaders in Nigeria jonathan was the only option and he too is obviously extremely lousy at his job. They use developing the country as an excuse for this removal of subsidy but this only setting Nigeria back even more. I mean how can you increase something that is hugely produced in the country against YOUR OWN people I mean if anything they should just increase theprices of oil exported to other countries such as Britain, America etc if they really want to ‘develop the country’ and of course it will work because in this day and age the world lives on oil, oil is probably now one of the most important resources there is. I seriously dont know what they think they are doing but i seriously pray that this back fires on them and Nigerians get the respect and fairness that we deserve

  66. me

    January 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

    @ao, “the bombing of boko haram on Christian Ibos” ? Is it only Ibo’s that have been killed by Boko haram? Please, don’t let’s go into that, let’s just look at the matter at hand, and talk about that instead of coming up with fabricated facts

  67. gianni

    January 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    jona please go home you have nothing to offer dumb ass

  68. divea

    January 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    In fact am loss for words…paid N300 to work 2day and am still grieving. our government are heartless, inconsiderate, wicked.do they think we are fool that we dont know where the money will go…my prayer is that the wicked shall never go unpunished.

  69. cathy

    January 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    it’s so sad, we need thoughtful leaders for christsake!

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