Following the ongoing debate on the intention of the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy, the Young Journalists Forum (YJF) has said that the action of the PDP led government is criminal and a deliberate to exacerbate the suffering of the Nigerian people who the group described as private citizens.
In a press statement signed by its president, Ayodele Samuel and Secretary, Zacheaus Somorin, the journalists group questioned president Jonathan on why the citizens cannot enjoy subsidy, which the said is the only benefit they derive from the government since they provide other basic things themselves – water, education, electricity, health, clothing, food and shelter.
YJF posited that the capitalistic tendency of president Jonathan is becoming unbearable saying his excuse of cabal, the esoteric clique he has always blamed for the hindrance to the possibility of building a local refinery is nauseating.
‘’The federal government should be bold enough to mention those cabals that are behind the frustration of building a refinery. It is an insult on the psyche of Nigerians for the leadership of the country to be powerless about those that are benefiting from the subsidy loot’’ the statement added.
The forum described the silence of the opposition governors of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and others, who are also part of the decision of the Governors Forum to give consent to subsidy removal, as unacceptable and a betrayal of the essence of the opposition that they claim to be representing.
‘One is even surprised that the ACN governors, who tacitly depict a pseudo opposition in Nigeria are also part of the subsidy removal debacle. If not, we expect that the governors to come out and voice out the position of the party, if they are not consenting to PDP’s subsidy perfidy’’ the statement said.
The young journalists stated that the elite conspiracy of the political class is dangerous and anti people, calling on the Labour Unions, civil society groups and the masses to, by January, if the Federal government insists on subsidy removal, resist the attempt, saying the nation’s democracy and its policies should be in tandem with general interest of the populace.