A Yoruba youth group, the Yoruba Youths Consultative Forum (YYCF) has
described the involvement of people like Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi
Falana, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Vice Presidential
candidate in the last April election, Pastor Tunde Bakare, CPC
Spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, Prof Itse Sagay, King Wasiu Ayinde
Mashall (KWAM1) and other rights activists in the ongoing protest
against the removal of oil subsidy, describing them as “bunch of
The group also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to listen to the
voice of the people, who elected them, saying; “If the people was
right in electing him, they can’t now be wrong in telling him that
they don’t want to be inflicted with additional hardships, which the
removal of oil subsidy has brought on them since January 1.
YYCF, in a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Mr. Ayo
Olorunsola said it was an insult on the collective intellects of
Nigerians that people, who Nigerians should be protesting against are
the ones presenting themselves as friends of the masses.
The group said those seeking to make political capital out of the
protest are the real enemies of Nigeria, adding that; “President
Goodluck Jonathan and all the 36 States governors are responsible for
the pain inflicted on Nigerians with the oil subsidy removal, hence no
political party should play saint on the matter.”
“It is our position that on this Oil Subsidy issue, Nigerians are
being deceived and taken for a ride again.
“The deceivers are those we saw on the podium, addressing protesters
in Lagos yesterday and today, pretending to be friends of the masses.
Those who lost elections and are in search of political leverage in
preparation for 2015 elections cannot be through friends of the masses
on this issue of fuel subsidy.
“People like Falana, Bakare, Odumakin, Sagay, Bola Tinubu, KWAM1 etc,
who kept criminal silent when Lagosians were protesting against the
Lekki Toll Gate, 700 percent increment of Lagos State University
(LASU) fees, daylight rigging of Lagos Local Government elections etc
do not have any moral rights to be leading protest against removal of
“In actual fact, these people should be among the people Nigerians
should be protesting against because they are bunch hypocrites,” the