The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to ensure that the entire country is shut down and paralyzed should the Federal Government proceed with its plan to remove fuel subsidy in 2022.
The Federal Government had announced its plan to remove fuel subsidy from February 2022, revealing that petrol will sell between N320 and N340 per litre after subsidy removal next year.
In a statement issued on Friday, NANS President, Sunday Asefon condemned the planned hike in fuel price by over 200 percent, noting that Nigerians are presently suffering; therefore any attempt to remove the subsidy would further impoverish the masses.
He threatened that his members would embark on massive protests nationwide if the government removes the subsidy and allows fuel to sell for as high as N340 per litre come February 2022.
Asefon said though NANS was not totally against the deregulation of the downstream sector, the conditions agreed upon must be put in place before deregulation.
The statement titled: “Nigeria will be shut down should the Federal Government Attempt the removal of fuel subsidy as allegedly being proposed,” reads:
“Let’s first of all categorically state that on behalf of the suffering millions of Nigerian Students; and on behalf of the millions of the frustrated masses of the Nigerian people who are our parents; brothers and sisters; uncles and aunts; friends and neighbours, we reject this socioeconomic evil proposal and we shall resist it. Nigerians are really suffering. We are in dire socioeconomic straits. We are weeping in our hearts and souls. We are dying in silence. We feel the agony and anguish because we are practically involved.
“We wish to warn against it. The country is very stretched and tense. In case the government is not aware, we are passing them this intelligence free of charge now. Again we advise, let the government not stretch it further. The consequences will be dire. The people are already flamed. Mendacity will beget mendacity.”
“NANS is happy that the organised labour and civil society groups have all rejected the proposal. We shall ensure that the entire country is shut down and paralysed should the Federal Government proceed with its insensitive plan of deregulation or even any further increase in the pump price of fuel. We have had enough.”
NANS noted that deregulation cannot change anything in the country except the practical reality of the socio-economic condition of Nigerians changes.