By Shola Oyeyipo
Despite the denial by the federal government that it has no plan to increase the pump price of petrol or remove fuel subsidy, strong warnings have gone to the presidency to permanently put away the issue or face the wrath of the masses.
Speaking yesterday during a reception held in her honour at the Latter Rain Church, the President, Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Odumakin, who was recently named among 62 'Women of Courage', by the US Secretary of States, John Kerry, said Nigeria would vehemently resist any increase in the price of fuel.
"Like we have been saying, government is not subsiding fuel, they are subsidising corruption and Nigerians are now conscious and tired of corruption, so more than ever, the citizens of this country must not be taken for granted. The Ojota protest will be a child's play if there is any attempt to increase the pump price of fuel," she stressed.
She lamented that some individuals found to have cheated the country through the subsidy regime were still walking free, advising Nigerians to be battle ready.
"I want to assure him (President Jonathan) that warriors of democracy are still around and all of us are ready for the last battle for the soul of Nigeria."
Also speaking on the occasion, Pastor Tunde Bakare who commended Odumakin for her resilience and "representing herself well," said: "It is unfortunate we have a government of Ali baba and the 40 thieves," in Nigeria.
Following the allegation that funds accruable to the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) are being shared among some members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bakare advised the chairman of the body, Mr. Christopher Kolade to resign or have is name soiled.
"I think he is a clean man and I think he should resign before he is messed up. The last integrity he has cultivated over the years is going to be ruined. I felt sorry for him when he was appointed," he noted.
He scored the President Jonathan-led administration low, stressing that: "They have no good intention to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians - you cannot stop the PDP from stealing."
He alleged that the "PDP has formed a merger with the Senate, judiciary, the armed forces to keep Nigeria subjugated."
He condemned the pardon granted former Bayelsa State governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, saying: "The kind of pardon given Alamieyeseigha can only happen in a banana republic like Nigeria."