*kicks off mass mobilisation in Ibadan
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Joint Action Front (JAF) on Wednesday charged Nigerians to be ready to resist the hike in the price of petroleum as well as the increment in electricity tariff in the country.
Oyo State JAF Coordinator, Professor Ademola Aremu made the call in Ibadan while speaking at the commencement of its mass mobilization of Nigerians against the hike and the increments
Professor Aremu who was speaking with newsmen at the front gate of the University of Ibadan said kicking off of the mass mobilization clearly signified the beginning of nationwide protest against what he termed the obnoxious policies .
According to Professor Aremu, the “mass mobilisation is the third of such independent activities in the past nine years that JAF would rally nationwide resistance of Labour, CSOs and the suffering majority of Nigerians against hikes in prices of fuel and electricity.”
“First, was the declaration of Mass Actions on December 20, 2011, which commenced on January 3, 2012 and culminated into the January Uprising of January 9 – 16, 2012. Second was the May 18 – 20, 2016 resistance, which was violently repressed by the Buhari regime and in which a section of the CSOs joined forces with the regime to organise a Conference at the Lagos Airport Hotel Ikeja on May 23, 2016 to sanction the total removal of so-called subsidy, with the increase of petrol prices from N86.50 to N145.” he said
The JAF Coordinator maintained that the mass mobilisation might be put all activities in the country to a stand still if their demands are not met, adding that, it was unfortunate that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has failed to keep to its promises to reduce the price of petroleum to N40.
Professor Aremu while emphasizing the need for Nigerians to join the protest in a bid to resit the “obnoxious policies of the present administration”, said JAF is committed to its demand for the reversal of the petroleum price, reversal of electrify tariff and cancelation of stamp duty.
“The Joint Action Front (JAF) in alliance with other pro-people civil society organisations commenced this resistance, first, with a programme of mass mobilisation simultaneously, holding in Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Osogbo and Abuja. As we commence, we reiterate our earlier call on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress to declare General Strike and Mass Protests across the country”.
He pointed out that “in this stead, we welcome the declaration by the TUC for September 23rd. While awaiting the declaration by the NLC, JAF further declares that Mass Mobilisation shall continue to September 23rd and beyond until the working people and oppressed poor masses’ demands are met”.