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Oil Subsidy: 20 Governors Snub Jonathan



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Yesterday, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan called on the 36 State governors in Nigeria for a meeting in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria to discuss details of the impending strike by the national leader unions. As 247ureports.com gathered, the meeting was not attended by the entirety of the invited governors. The meeting was held yesterday at 9pm.

Available information indicate that a majority of the state governors are uneasy over the manner the President increased the price of fuel by over 100% in one scoop. Some within the governors consider the oil subsidy removal by Jonathan as a Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] affair and not a Nigerian affair – while others consider the removal as simply a bad policy against the people of Nigeria. Some of the PDP governors who are anti subsidy have gone ahead to blame the president for the complete removal, they said they would have preferred staggered removal.

The Governors of Lagos State, Nassarawa and 18 others snubbed the President’s invite. Sources close to the presidency briefed 247ureports.com that the President and his men were not in the best of moods following the disappointing turnout by the governors. The President’s men had hoped on utilitizing the Governors to enforce a crack down of the labor unions against the impending strike scheduled to start on Monday January 9, 2012.

Adding muster to an already degenerating situation is the troubles within the President’s cabinet via the offices of some of the Ministers who do not agree with the increase in fuel prices. Some of them have become latently involved in the external protests against the fuel price increase. The sudden summoning of the lower chamber of the National Assembly by the leadership for an emergency session on Sunday January 8, 2012 by 3pm is reported to have the presidency sleeping uneasy. The Secretary to the Federal Government, Pius Anyim is reported to have been despatched to “reachout” to the leadership of the lower chamber to avert what the presidency fears may become an embarrassing situation for the President.

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