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16 Jan 2012

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President Goodluck Jonathan

By Ahamefula Ogbu

President Goodluck Jonathan, in a nationwide TV address Monday morning, announced a cut in petrol price from around N141 to N97 after prolonged street demonstrations over the deregulation policy.

Also, the labour unions told the media early Monday morning that they were suspending street protests because of the political dimension it had taken but insisted that the strike would go on.

In the broadcast, Jonathan said he had to review the pump price in response to the outcry over the hardship caused by the total subsidy removal and vowed to investigate the subsidy account with a view to punishing those who fraudulently bled the country and nearly destroyed the economy.

He also promised a detailed study of the forensic audit of the account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) with a view to curbing corruption in the oil and gas sector of the economy so as to rid it of corruption.

He promised that his government would pursue the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill with more vigour to ensure it becomes law to regulate activities in the downstream sector.

Jonathan said: "This is the second time in two weeks I will address you on the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector. In the last seven days, the nation has witnessed a disruption of economic activities. Although, the economic imperatives for the policy have been well articulated by government, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) went ahead to declare a nationwide strike.

"There was also near-breakdown of law and order in certain parts of the country as a result of the activities of some persons or groups of persons who took advantage of the situation to further their narrow interests by engaging in acts of intimidation, harassment and outright subversion of the Nigerian state. I express my sympathy to those who were adversely affected by the protests.

"At the inception of the deregulation policy, Government had set up the Justice Alfa Belgore Committee to liaise with Labour and other stakeholders to address likely grey areas in the policy, but despite all our efforts, Labour refused the option of dialogue and also disobeyed a restraining order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

"However, following the intervention of the Leadership of the National Assembly, and other well-meaning Nigerians, Labour accepted to meet with government, but this yielded no tangible result. 

"It has become clear to government and all well-meaning Nigerians that other interests beyond the implementation of the deregulation policy have hijacked the protest. This has prevented an objective assessment and consideration of all the contending issues for which dialogue was initiated by government. These same interests seek to promote discord, anarchy, and insecurity to the detriment of public peace."

Jonathan, however, assured Nigerians that he would always respect their right to expression of their minds and commended those who conducted themselves lawfully within the period as well as proffered useful suggestions on the way for and credible alternatives to subsidy removal and acknowledged that he knew it would cause pains which, however, would be temporary before the gains of the policy.

"Government will continue to pursue full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector. However, given the hardships being suffered by Nigerians, and after due consideration and consultations with state governors and the leadership of the National Assembly, government has approved the reduction of the pump price of petrol to N97 per litre. The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has been directed to ensure compliance with this new pump price.

"Government is working hard to reduce recurrent expenditure in line with current realities and to cut down on the cost of governance. In the meantime, government has commenced the implementation of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment projects: including the Federal Government-assisted mass transit programme which is already in place, and job creation for the youth. 

"Furthermore, the legal and regulatory regime for the petroleum industry will be reviewed to address accountability issues and current lapses in the Industry. In this regard, the Petroleum Industry Bill will be given accelerated attention. The report of the forensic audit carried out on the NNPC is being studied with a view to implementing the recommendations and sanctioning proven acts of corruption in the industry.

"Let me assure Nigerians that this administration is irrevocably committed to tackling corruption in the petroleum industry as well as other sectors of the economy. Consequently, all those found to have contributed one way or the other to the economic adversity of the country will be dealt with in accordance with the law.                 

"My dear compatriots, I urge you to show understanding for the imperatives of the adjustment in the pump price of petrol and give government your full support to ensure its successful implementation. I further appeal to Nigerians to go back to work and go about their normal duties as government has made adequate arrangements for the protection of life and property throughout the federation.

"Government will not condone brazen acts of criminality and subversion. As President, I have sworn to uphold the unity, peace and order of the Nigerian State and by the grace of God, I intend to fully and effectively discharge that responsibility.  Let me add that we are desirous of further engagements with Labour. I urge our Labour leaders to call off their strike, and go back to work.

"Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must collectively safeguard its unity," he concluded.

Labour leaders had risen from a meeting with the president Sunday night saying they would go back to meet and decide "on the next line of action" over the proposal by government to cut petrol price.

There were strong indications that the new price might have been accepted by all parties as labour said it was "on the same page" with government which was persuading them to see reason for an increase in petrol price or partial deregulation.

Addressing the media after the meeting with Jonathan Sunday night, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Abdulwaheed Omar said they were persuaded on the position of the president that for the past five years, the price of fuel had been at N65 per litre while the dollar had been rising and stressed the need for a price increase.

Sources at the meeting said labour agreed to meet with the Justice Alfa Belgore Committee for two days to work out modalities on the deregulation policy and would, by Wednesday, give their final word on the matter.

"We are going to sit down and analyse the position of the president. We will meet and come out with statement today," Omar said.

Those at the meeting include Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu.

Labour had declared an indefinite strike starting a week ago over the January 1 increase in petrol price which used to be N65 per litre.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate payments made in respect of the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Kerosene and prosecute anyone found to have been involved in over-invoicing, fraud and any related illegalities.

Also, the Federal Government has ordered an immediate review of the audited report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and all parastatals under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources with a view to commencing immediate implementation of their findings.

These were part of a two-page statement released by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who also said she had already en-panelled a unit in her office to begin a comprehensive review of management control in all parastatals in her ministry.

Other actions she said she had kick-started included a scheduled meeting with the National Assembly with a view to ensuring the immediate passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) on which the comprehensive reform of the oil sector in the country would be anchored.

“With presidential approval, I have written to invite the EFCC to immediately review all payments made in respect to subsidies on PMS and Kerosene and take all necessary steps to prosecute any incidence of malfeasance, fraud, over-invoicing, and related illegalities in open and transparent manner.

“I have set up a unit within my office to be headed  by an independent auditor to review the KPMG and other audit reports on NNPC and other parastatals, and immediately begin implementation of their findings, ensuring, at all times, full probity and value for money.

“I am en-panelling another unit in my office to begin a comprehensive review of the management controls within all parastatals in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, including but not limited to NNPC, PPPRA and DPR. Accordingly, I expect a report in 30 days to enable us take further action in reforming management, personnel and other practices and procedures in parastatals within the Ministry. It should be noted however that this process has already begun in PPPRA and DPR where management changes and reform are beginning to yield desirable results; and

“I will be meeting with the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the coming week to seek their cooperation and leadership in the quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill so that we can anchor the comprehensive reform of the oil industry,” Alison-Madueke said in the statement.

In a letter dated January 12, 2012 addressed to the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, with reference number HMPR/EFCC/01/0002, Alison-Madueke wrote that Nigeria had been operating a subsidy regime on import of petroleum products where the difference between the cost of importation and pump price was paid by the government at a pre-approved oil marketing company which she has the approval of the president to investigate.

“Over the years, this bill has grown exponentially to unsustainable levels. As Petroleum Minister, I have become extremely concerned with these figures and following the recent transfer of the PPPRA to my ministry last year, I have moved quickly to change management and inaugurate a comprehensive reform process which include drastic cuts in the list of importer, review of payments and procedures, as well as massive re-deployment of staff within the agency.

“To now deepen my reforms and ensure that we root out all forms of corruption and abuse within the subsidy regime. I have sought and obtained the approval of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to formally invite the EFCC to immediately review and investigate all payments made in respect of subsidies checked against actual importations and to take all necessary steps to prosecute any person(s) involved in any incidence of malfeasance, fraud, over-payment and related illegalities,” she said.

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  • Finally!...let's see the outcome of the investigations

    From: adama

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Dear Mr. President,I wish to commend you for your continuing bold leadership on this matter of oil sector de-regulation and fuel subsidy removal.Thank you also for commencing immediate action on the forensic audit of NNPC and the accompanying White Paper. Most of the anger of the public arose partly from the perception that NNPC is not being held accountable.The successful reform of the oil sector will go a long way in re-establishing the trust you have with the people.I believe that the electorate continues to hold you in the highest esteem! I will continue to pray for you and our great nation,Nigeria. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: Michael

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • What a questionable way of going about journalism!THISDAY newspaper,the time now is 5.35a.m.The President is due to address the nation by 7a.m today.Why present the report(and by the way,the report should still be embargoed until after the President's address) as if the President already addressed the nation???Veracity in journalism is still an imperative!

    From: Gerry

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a step in the right direction

    From: thorns

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • President GEJ should just forget the past, take it from here and continue...
    witch hunting will do worse harm. His response to those who mis-managed the economy might also be a mis-management on his own part. Let him that is without sin be the first to cast a stone!
    word is enough the wise!!! Long live the FR of Nigeria!

    From: Topstar

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • lets us follows this 97 per litre and see what lucky will do with the remaining 32.if truly is fighting for better Nigerian let him do it

    From: Toluwa Destiny Ofie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • gov't should do whatever they will do and resume work because hunger will kill all of us. Is we d less privilege that suffers d strike most.

    From: Samuel Abayor

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Democracy is the free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government,often practiced by electing representatives of the people by the majority of the people, but in nigeria revise is the case and that is the consequences that GEN BUHARI was saying nigerians most face.

    From: Abubakar

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • 97 naira? I tot labour said it was 65 naira or nothing???

    From: May ebute

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We know that you are fighting for us but decision is wrong and problem is that you don't have good advisers and minister in your administration

    From: Muhammad usman

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a government that is not ready to sacrifice anything for the masses. what about their recurrent expenditure? Charity begins @ home. Nigerians!!! we are not there yet!!!

    From: jibbyfem

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a government that is not ready to sacrifice anything for the masses. what about their recurrent expenditure? Charity begins @ home. Nigerians!!! we are not there yet!!!

    From: jibbyfem

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • There no gov't has eva come 2 supt corruptn rather fight it. Stil 9jrian has ever see d dvdenc of dmcracy. Pls mr presdent! If truely u ar 4 d mases kindly listen 2 d cmnt of pple bcos d distrbutn of mass transit is nt d solutn 2 ds end, rmemba ur 18% wrker salary is nt mondatry 4 all govnors 2 ds level, d 9jria road is nt subsdc, d security is only strng at fedral level whl an averag of 9ria were nt secure. Mr presdent is beta u revse 2 #65 per liter. If u knw u want 2 survive 9jria is beta u follow Yara'dua step.

    From: Mr justice

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Well done Mr President! I agree with you. Some people are pushing for their personal interest in the name of the Labour.....

    From: Stephen Ezeh

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • all this and that my question is when is our refinery going to work i know that with 1 billion $ we can put our refineries in full capacity so the have nothing to offer to Nigerians so labor should ask them one question when is our refineries going to work, instead of building new ones let repair our old ones the issue of increase will be solve as long as govt are not talking about repairing nothing will happen in this nation until the issues of power and repairing refineries and address this govt will continue to fail Nigerians, how can you import buses to run on bad roads lets come together and address Nigerian through sovereign national conference so everyone should say his or her mind

    From: rosy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a wellcome development, to move the country forward, nlc should see reasons for this partial deregulation.

    From: chike imoh

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • How disappointing; this is a missed opportunity to get things right. What a blunder by the FGN.

    From: AbdulRahman

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We've had similar stories like this in the past and at the end nothing to show for it!, Govt stop deceiving the people, thank God Nigerians are now wise enough to know that the democratic setting we are in Nigeria is full of deceit! all said is just a film trick.

    From: Lukman K

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • its okay a bit so people can resume work to earn their various means of living...By adult

    From: adult

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is responsive on the side of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Lets hope that the EFCC will do a thorough job that will satisfy all Nigerians and put the economy on tract. President Jonathan should be commended for listening to Nigerians. In the over all, positive progress is being recorded in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

    From: Rubiruka Innocent

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The office of the Honourable Minister of Petroleum is a focal point in the goings on in the Petroleum Ministry and it's parastatal organizations especially with respect to directives(rightful or wrongful) and approvals( rightful or wrongful) that may have been given now and in the past. It is therefore not appropriate in my opinion that the incumbent Minister should be retained let alone allowed to appoint her own "independent auditor" to review and implement the recommendations arising from a previous audit.

    From: Ibeji

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • why do Nigerian Govt love to do things only when the people shout at them. I don't think the Govt understands what the people are asking for. We're asking for total reversal but this Govt is doing what it like. You are likely to be ruling yourself and your cronies. Bring out the KMGP report to the public.

    From: Danladi s kanyio

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • you have tried jonathan i know you have a better plans for us but not in that angle of rocketing fuel price and is now time to face those idoit called Boko Haram

    From: Godswill

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • nigerians should please accept this new price

    From: justify

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • NLC and TUC do not represent the entire populace.we the masses are saying it is either

    From: Abiola

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let hope for †ђξ best

    From: Collins

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes, Mr president has said the right thing. Personal, political and religious interest have taken over labour's goodwill in fighting fuel subsidy's removal. To listen to the plight of people is a bold step taken by now a listening president. Please let's give oga president a chance.

    From: Andrews

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Heyz Government! Both the Labour Leaders and F.G, we refuse to be fooled, what's our own with figures? You've just announced a change in figures from

    From: John

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • No man is wiser than God. When God command and a man said no to God's command, he is only delaying himself of God's goodness; he cannot delay what God had purposed to do. On August 9, 2011 the Lord gave me a message to President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; in the letter l said " Your Excellency, MESSAGE TO MR. PRESIDENT ON NATIONAL ISSUE. First of all, let me use this opportunity to say THANK YOU for replying the congratulatory letter I sent to you; I received your reply through the Chief of Staff to the President, C in C the person of Mike A. Oghiadomhe, CFR, FNIM. I am greatly humble for your humility, wisdom and the spirit of patriotism.

    On Tuesday July 12, 2011, I was in my studies when the Lord said to me “TELL MR. PRESIDENT TO DECLARE THREE DAYS NATIONAL FASTING & PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN THE NATION AND FOR THE RESTORATION OF LIVES AND DESTINIES.” I was shocked because I don’t know how possible this can be since the nation is occupied by two major religious organizations: Christians and Muslims, then the Lord said to me, “I CREATED MAN NOT RELIGION.” The Lord said, we should have Seven Days Fasting and Prayers as a nation, the first four days of the Seven Days should be for every one in leadership from the President to the Counsellors; which means every one in Presidency, Senate, House of Rep, Ministers, Governors, State Houses, Commissioners, Local Government Chairmen and The Counsellors along with the individuals occupying various leadership offices / positions are to start the Fasting and Prayer four days before the whole nation; the remaining three day should involve all Nigerian both home and abroad from adults to children; and everyone should prayer to God for the Peace of the Nation in his or her own religious way.

    For the period of fasting, there should be no work –buying and selling, movement, or party all over the country; every one should remain in his house until after the breaking of the fast which will be 3:00pm in the afternoon. The fasting is to begin on a Sunday and end on a Saturday Day-. Every man must break the fast at the same time, but children below twelve years old should be allowed to break their fasting before 3:00pm. Securities, health and media workers are to continue with their daily jobs while observing the fasting and prayer. Security personnel on duty are to break their fast 12noon every day and if they can stay till 3:00pm they should do so. Health and media workers are to wait till 3:00pm while they carry out their daily duties. There should be no going out or coming in into the country for the period of this Seven Days Fasting and Prayer either by road, sea or air. Only one week of notice should be given.

    No Pastor, Bishop or Imam should be invited to lead any special prayer in any of the government quarters across the country; people are to pray their heart to God in total repentance, their expectation for the nation and praying for the peace of God to reign in our nation. To this end, the Lord gave me 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. Mr. President, you are to read these verses of the Bible; I pray to God to give you perfect understanding of His Word. If these words are coming to you at this very moment, I strongly believe it is because God is up to something great, marvellous and mighty. I want to implore you to please take note of what God is saying and do them. Obedience the bible says is better than sacrifice. I might not have a name like many preachers you know, but I want you to remember that God bypass Eli to Samuel when Samuel was still a boy. May the Lord help your understanding and release wisdom to you. God is about to move in the nation, turning the destiny of man around for good.

    I want to believe that no human will like to experience the hand of God working against him. You have a choice to make either to obey or to disobey. I pray the Lord grant you the wisdom, the knowledge and the understanding to obey Him. It is for your own good and it is for the good of the nation if it is truly the nation you truly love and care about.

    If you don’t mind, I can help you write the prayer points that can be used during the Fasting and Prayer.

    Thank you and God bless. I look forward to hearing from you.

    PEACE & LOVE IN OUR WORLD

    Sam Adeoye
    Senior Pastor

    Either the president get the letter or not l might not be able to tell, but if he get the congratulatory letter l sent to him, l want to believe he did get the this letter, but he did not take the matter serious because l don't pastor a large church or be among the A list pastors in Nigeria. Well, the seven day fasting and prayer we cannot obey God and do, God had used the labour to get it done for us all. If you are reading this, please be sure that what is happening in our nation now is from God and not from the Mr. President or any man. It is time for us all to go on our kneels and pray to God. The President needs us all and so is the Nigerians and the unborn children of this great nation of ours to pray for our future. PEACE & LOVE IN NIGERIA

    From: Pastor Sam Adeoye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr. President, I thank you for your courage and the able way you are handling this issue. I pray that the God will give you the wisdom to lead Nigeria to a more 'greener pasture'. May the Lord be your Strength.

    From: John-vianney

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I Have lot of respect for my President but it is unfair to prosecute anyone rather to forgive the nation at large.Mr PRESIDENT is suppose to show the highest level of maturity.The govt provided the route to all happenings bcoz of inconsideration of the voice of the millions of numbers,taking them by surprise.Must Nigerians do not trust the govt(especially state and local govts) utilizing the funds and the govt had refuse to create an independent xture to control this funds.NIGERIANS want to believe that the fund should not be considered the only anenue govt would use in developing the Nation.What of other funds used by other govts to have done some projects.Sir,MR President,is our country BROKE,For govt deviating all her policies for the Nations growth from fuel subsidy funds?i hope GOD is monitoring the minds and we must pay for our manipulations.God help him execute his good dream but need to watch the corrupt NEIGHBOURS

    From: Dambatta Abdul S

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Heyz Government! we refuse to be fooled, what's our own with figures? U've just announced a change in figures from

    From: John

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think labour have started pursuing their personal interest by prolonging this strike. everybody is suffering form it not only the govt, they should call it off and let give govt a chance. I support GEJ and his policy decision.

    From: ngozi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Well i think the Nigeria (masses) had lost this again. We almost trusted the NLC & the TUC. . . , . . . . . . . but its never over until it is over.

    From: Segun

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • For the sake of nigeria, we can accept and allow nigeria to move on, but the govt should note that nigerians are watching them and they can revolt any time they shake.

    From: Ahmed Ilallah

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigerians should know this,that even if all the refineries are working,they will still buy the fuel at a higher price if the government decides not to subsidized,because the crudes are going to be bought at international price not nigeria price.

    From: Ayim Ebenezer

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Am mr samson ajayi it is high time we all get to agree With our president to go ahead with his research and get back to us b4 Wednesday,there is no reason why the president would not cut down the fuel to

    From: ajayi samson

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I don't believe in having good advisers but in real you,i mean you can't be forced to do what you don't what to do when u have all the power,GEJ,you disappointed this nation.

    From: Eben

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • well done Mr P , what people don't know is that our passed presidents are people that buy our crude oil send to there refineries they build in outside the country, and after refine it they will bring it back to sale to Nigerian, And now you want to stop them so we can sale direct to US and other countries because, i wish people will understand what is going on........MR P is there for our good....people should allow this man

    From: chris

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • For the sake of nigeria, we can accept and allow nigeria to move on, but the govt should note that nigerians are watching them and they can revolt any time they shake.dis is to inform the government that. We are not oppose his comment but b4 Wednesday the government should put there head 2geda and sell the normal rate the fuel is b4 Which is

    From: Samson A.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr President we are tired of empty promises of "vowing to investigate this and vowing to investigate that" and nothing comes out of it. All of the things you have vowed to investigate sir how many have you come back to Nigerians to prove the outcome and show how the problem has been addressed. The UN bombing, you vowed, it remains an embarrasment till today. Boko Haram is there creating panic for Nigerians, we have not seen anything done on bad Governance and corruption, yet you are vowing again. Please sir, No MORE VOWS without an active and measurable ACTION PLAN. Nigerians have grown up from empty promises

    From: Bunmi A

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The Nigerian masses are losers again, the Government strategy is simply, hike the price of petroleum and the labour will come negotiating for a reduction in price and thereafter the actual price government had in mind will be arrived at.I believe the president and his ministers will be celebrating now with glasses of wine in their hand.

    From: oscar de lahoya

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr President GEJ,you have done well in bringing it down,the strike should be off now,so everyone can go back to his or her life,i pray the lord strengthen and add to you more wisdom to rule this great country,God bless nigeria,,,,,,,

    From: nadia

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The fact is that,the Federal Gov should. Consider we the nigerians cos we don't have money the way they have so they should just REMOVE the Subsidy cos people are suffering and this is not the right time for them to announce Subsidy. They should also consider we Student that our parent are struggling before paying our activities cos if right step is not been taking, believe me anything can happen.

    From: Ajayi Oladele Timothy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Struggle continues i am happy that an educated management technocrats are in place now. Fuel subsidy must be removed because great countries in around the world have no fuel and they are getting on well since 53-years of selling fuel in Nigeria succeeded in producing criminals instead of developing infrastructures and creating Jobs

    From: Okadigbo Nwabueze

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • If Nigeria is earning 16 trillion per year from oil sector and our budget is 4.5 trillion, is there any need for removal of subsidy? infact, the pump price should be left at 65 naira and let the govt come out to fight corruption to the core.

    From: Ibrahim hod

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a welcome development. What Nigerians want to see now is how sincerely Mr President's will tackle corruption and the implementation of subsidy reinvestment initiatives.

    From: Alfa Mohammed

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Fellow Nigerians, trusting Mr President and the government is a risk we must take towards a better Nigeria and it's worth taking it.The Govt.. has a laudable programme for the development of our country. We can not continue like this in Nigeria because we do not trust our leaders. Let us trust them this time and pray for them to succeed. Remember that your belief, prayers and positive confession will also determine the success of our country. Let us think positive and pray. Good luck Nigeria.

    From: Bunna

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Fellow Nigerians, trusting Mr President and the government is a risk we must take towards a better Nigeria and it's worth taking it.The Govt.. has a laudable programmed for the development of our country. We can not continue like this in Nigeria because we do not trust our leaders. Let us trust them this time and pray for them to succeed. Remember that your belief, prayers and positive confession will also determine the success of our country. Let us think positive and pray. Good luck Nigeria.

    From: Bunna

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Goodluck has done so well and must be commended.He has expressed so much of democratic and authoritative leadership by taking events through an empirical stretch to arrive at a reasonable point. Democracy is not just about immediate response to agitations without critical reasoning.
    May we not be postponing the evil day in the light of the global econo-crises by holding back the futuristic returns on strategic policies.

    From: Omogo C.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • God will punish all those that has been eating the money meant for everybody,it is wickedness and there is no peace for the wicked.However FG should stop all this formalities and hit the nail on the head.Meanwhile Nigerian students are appeal to labour and Asuu to call off the strike so that we can go back to our various institutions.

    From: Comrd Deinma

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Without much ado, FG finally cut the pump price to 97 naira. I can bodly say FG fail to explain what is subsidy all about. I can tell you that 50% of nigerians don't know what government mean by fuel subsidy. They should have make it inform of campaing, enlighten, educatE, and give normal orientation to nigerians. If atal FG insisted on 141 per litre, and after long protest by good nigerians we accidentally agree on 141. The quesition is how can sure government of GEJ will judiciously used the money generated from subsidy. This is a government of people for the people and by the people. God will save us.

    From: prince Ben

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • labour and TUC has no moral justification to continue the strike. Let's all go back to work. Full deregulation is the best thing that will happen to this country. Thanks Mr. President

    From: KOI

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigerians will be continue suffering if we fail to identify our problems and raise one voice to tackle them. FG is putting wool to cover our faces. Politicians have nothing to regret, they are in the possession of our nation wealth. Nigerians think don't be deceived.

    From: Adegoke lukman

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • What more. Another human solution to spiritual problem. Tell Mr President to stop vowing because God will ask him. His case should result to that of King Saul. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Let him keep doing as occasion demands. God will visit him soon, he should be prepared to answer the questions the Almighty will ask him. It is well.

    From: MTG

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • GEJ, you better listen to the people who voted you into office. Why do you still insist on increasing? you cannot dictate the order of the day unless you pronounce yourself a DICTATOR. The subsidy removal will never benefit an ordinary Nigerians who voted you into Office. If truly you have NO intention to inflict any harm to Nigerians then you should fight corruption starting from you office down.

    From: Yakasai

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We need to build on out trust level for the Government at this trying moments. Let us go back to work and see how things will work out for our good. N97 seems okay to me.

    From: John Walter

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The fact remains that the protest was politically controlled. But total deregulation would have been the best for Nigerians. However since labour decided to all themselves to be used by disgruntled Nigerians(failed politicians), GEJ is very wise to cut the price so that the nation can move forward. The govt should work towards full deregulation in the shortest time possible. Long live GEJ, LONG LIVE FRN.

    From: Ogu Alex

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Next, Oby Ezekwesili to be appointed to head NNPC and introduce due process to enable world bank and IMF achieve their aims in full since complete removal of fuel subsidy have failed. We are watching and would encourage her to come in and serve. But we will not accept any world bank strategy that will have no effect in improving the suffering of the poor masses again.

    From: Chuks

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a good step forward to the Nigerian and the government for now people should hen forth outcry their voices and the government is now aware that the citizen are of Age none the less Well done to both the party

    From: Sani jahun

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • THE GREATEST LESSON MEN HAVE EVER LEARNED IS THAT MEN HAVE NEVER LEARNED FROM HISTORY. By forcing a fuel price of N97 per litre on the people. this govt is the biggest enemy of the masses and does not have the interest of the masses at heart. This is not democracy. This is the worst govt ever. The NLC and TUC are a betrayal to the masses. The govt should monitor the petrol importers to prevent acts like roundtriping, falsification of petrol volumes, etc, that increased fuel subsidy from about N2.4billion in 2010 to about N1.2Trillion in 2011, and recover the extra N1Trillion. The govt should repair existing and build refineries which will stop fuel import and enable fuel price to be sustained at N65 per litre or even below. By pegging the petrol unit price at N97, the govt is indirectly telling us that she is unable to control and check the excesses of the petrol cabal. In real democracy, where the voices of the majority of the masses are heard and regarded, the fuel price will remain at N65 per litre or the govt resigns/call for an election. If any of these 2 options are not chosen, it means this very weak and insensitive govt is risking popular mass revolution (let by pro-democracy groups and other concerned bodies) which, like a dream, will bring the govt to the kneels and replace it by another govt very very soon this year, in line with the prophesies of 2012.

    From: johnson

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Kudos to GEJ!

    From: Nnamdi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I feel very sad that GEJ reinstated this subsidy that has been ruining Nigeria again.I understand he did it because of consideration for the temporary hardship the removal of subsidy would cause.I hope he embarks on a thorough probe of the NNPC and other agencies involved in the fraudulent fuel importation and the fleecing of Nigerians.The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) must now be passed and signed into law to foster transparency in the corruption endemic oil sector.The FGN must now move against all the corrupt sacred cows at the NNPC who have connived with private companies to steal Nigeria blind.

    From: Olusola Ogundiran Phd. LSE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr. President, NLC and all Nigerians, all things work 2gether for good to us all. From all indications God has used the President, NLC and all Nigerians to be directed to the line of the destiny of Nigeria which will soon be seen (Nigeria shall be great). God used the President to remove fuel subsidy, the NLC are used as machinery for protest and the protesters protested against fuel subsidy removal and corruption in general what Nigerians have never had the opportunity to collectively do. now the government has an idea of the feeling the the masses and what they are capable of doing when they are angry. so the government should be more careful with the masses, and corrupt Nigerians should also be careful with the government as no one will tolerate the excesses of the other thereby putting Nigeria on the right course.

    From: I D Madaki

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigerians are heroes!  I lost faith in the protest when I saw the Concert Stage made at Gani Park with commissioners of Lagos State Government and it's members of legislature in active participation - the same government that beat mercilessly those who protested against Toll gates at Lekki expressway. Also with Tunde Bakare at the centre. 
    Bakare was a lawyer when lawyers were Rock Stars in our society. He was a Pastor when Pastors were Rock Stars. And now that our politicians are the new Rock Stars in town, our dear Prophet/Pastor Bakare is a politician and some people are still listening to him. Nigerians are not that gullible. Labour, the great and true leaders of the people, identified the decoy of the opportunists and called off the street protest. God bless Nigeria.

    From: Frank

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think NLC and TUC should please accept the pump price at 97 per liter and go back to work because is we the poor masses are suffering from the strike not the big men. I also thank Mr president for cutting down of the pump price because of the cry of his people.

    From: Francis

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr. President !

    Let the Refineries in the country work to the requirement of the country. Make plans to stop importation of PMS, AGO and other refinery products. Let the country work towards export of refinery products leading to :
    - Easing pressure on Nair thus halting the Devaluation
    - Creation of more employment and taxes to exchequer
    - Plugging the revenue leakages
    - Easing Security
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    From: Freind of Nigeria

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Can anyone really trust Jonathan? Leadership is all about trust and honesty. The first business of the day when this administration came on board was to pressure the senate and the house to extend the tenure of President Jonathan. The country is ruled by cabals who are out to milk the masses of this country dry. All the tough talk about probing the subsidy account are smokescreens to mask their true intentions. As long as Nigerians are unwilling to ask important questions, we will always wind up with this type of rulers. They are not leaders.

    From: anonymous

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let's hope these strong word from Mr President and his Petroleum Minister translate into actions and not hot air.

    From: Eagle Eyes

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Courageous Leadership from President JONATHAN and team the Labour should put a total end to strike on oil deregulation policy of the Government and help in fighting corruption in entire sectors of the nation not only oil sector ,we all know that if the corruption in all sectors of the economy of the nation government inclusive are at least minimised the result will surely positively impact on the masses and development of Nigeria.

    From: Ethelbert Samuel

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The removal of fuel subsidy isn't the issue. What will the extra increase money be used for?

    From: Prof. Donald

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria will never change at this rate....

    From: annon

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • PLEASE, LET US SHOW SINCERITY AND HONESTY OF PURPOSE IN THIS MATTER. EFCC WORK AND INDEPENDENT AUDIT OR AUDIT REVIEW OF WHAT TRANSPIRED SO FAR SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT OF THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM.

    From: Okey

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigerians the drama is playing out as scripted: announce the removal of subsidy, fuel will sell at N141 (only God knows how PPPRA came up with this template, because Mobil sold at N136 (less than NNPC's N138 - what does this tell you?), before increasing to N138 and then N140), the people will protest, we will resist them till they are hungry and then peg it at around N100, they will be happy and get back to work. Why cant the govt take it back to N65, do all investigations, refineries begin to work, Deziani ensures the correct verison of PIB is passed into law, tangible and quantifiable savings from the salary cut (even though allowances still remain??) and then the subsidy removed. Is it that difficult? Nigerians be careful, these guys know what they are doing. Lets not start praising them. We are not there yet. We had a clear goal before these protests commenced - its N65 or nothing. Lets not be distracted. God save Nigeria !!!

    From: lalaska

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think Mr. President has demonstrated that he is human and has never planned to destroy this country. I am ijaw and I know no Ijaw man will deliberately destroy his homeland. He maybe tough but would always remember his own. Let's give him a chance. Labour the ball is now in your court. Don't allow politicians masquerading as pastors, who lost elections to hijack the protests. I commend you for withdrawing from street protests and concentrating on sit-home strikes. Let us now know those who are striking for political reasons, not for the good of the nation.

    From: Mike Ogbeide

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It's unfortunate dat,we r back 2 where we started from.It is glaring b4 all dat,dis present administration is afraid of something or somebody in their circle.Unless it is purged,corruption will definitely reign supreme in our country.God bless nigeria,my motherland.

    From: Eddy33

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think it about time all nigeria come together and contribute money and put a bunty on every corrupt leader in Nigeria. We living in abroad are setting up funds to pay some money, at lest,( 10 millon naira for any governor and senator;5 millons naira for any local chaiman gov or state senator) with any other crook who society found wannting of any corruption. I belief we can do this ,if not for ourselve,let do this for next generation coming.Our goverment will not do this because they are also part of the corruption of the land. By the way, I have some potiential donor.Let make NIgeria great!

    From: Ayo Ogundare

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • People of this great Country called Nigeria, when we get bad leaders we complain, when God gives us a leader who is steadfast, a leader who is by all standards determined to make this nation better, we still complain. It is clear from the steps taken that this Govt is determined to make this nation a great one. However, it will not happen overnight just as our degeneration did not happen overnight. This whole process will take time and we need to be patient with the current administration that has shown the determination to do the right thing. What we are suffering today is apparently due to bad leadership we've had in the past. Mr. President has the option of just playing along for his 4yr term and make no serious enemies. You and I will still categorise him as one of the past bad leaders. We must understand that the steps he is taken now will fetch him lots of serious, high-powered enemies in the country but he doesn't care and has determined to bring sanity to our country. I think its time we applauded his efforts. I bet you there is no guarantee that any of his opponents in the April election would have been prepared to go this length.

    Some of the postings in this site are amazing, why would anyone suggest that the corrupt persons who are indicted by this planned investigation should be pardoned and we just move on from here. That is not the song of the Nigerian masses. Anyone found to have committed any act of corruption should be prosecuted without fear or favour no matter how long ago it happened, no matter how old he/she now is. That person must pay for it. This will serve as deterant to others forthcoming. Please, fellow Nigerians, lets give this Govt a chance and sincerely pray for them. There are lots of negative forces at play in this Country, issuing threats to people in Govt on daily basis. But this Govt is determined, so lets just pray for them. Understandably some of the postings in this & other sites and actions are being sponsored by the so-called enemies of the country. Pls, as youths, lets not allow ourselves to be used by these people to commit all sorts of crimes in the country. When next they come to you, do ask them to use their Children and wards. That they will never do because they know the consequencies. God Bless Nigeria.

    From: Kevin

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Whether we like it or not, it is only the plans of God for this nation dat will come to be. Our prayer is that God will continue to influence the decisions and policies of our president towards the fulfilment of God's plan for Nigeria. As many (whether small or great) that are against this will be pulled down and put to shame. Long live Nigeria.

    From: precious

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • May the Lord help you in your resove to root out corruption in Jesus name

    From: Chinyere Kalu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The strike was necessary but, it wasn't really genuine as some political cabals used it against the president. great nation like nigeria don't need subsidy to survive but, job creation, electricity, good road, security, good hospitals, transportation, good schools and etc but, Nigerians wont support subsidy removal because they are already colonise to it and and don't want to let go because they believe they can't do without it, not knowing how much they are loosing everyday to those criminal cabals. I support subsidy removal for a new nigeria to beginning

    From: Friday omoboh

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We are praying for you Mr President. Just keep trusting God, He will see you through. Do not allow the pressure of governance to rob you of your quiet time with God - Praying and meditating on the Word of God.

    From: REV AMA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The strike was necessary but, it wasn't really genuine as some political cabals used it against the president. great nation like nigeria don't need subsidy to survive but, job creation, eletricity, good road, security, good hospitals, transportation, good schools and etc but, Nigerians wont support subsidy removal because they are already colonise to it and and don't want to let go bcoz they believe they can't do without it, not knowing how much they are loosing everyday to those crimal cabals. I support subsidy removal for a new nigeria to beging

    From: Friday omoboh

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Thank you Mr. President. We elected you into the position you're occupying. We assure you we'll continure to pray for you. Just resolve to honour God and He will honour you. He has said, ".... them that honour me, I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." (1 Sam. 2:30). Please go full blast to 'FIGHT AND ROOT OUT' corruption in this Nigeria, as you have God's fullest support. If you achieve this, you would have given Nigeria a pride of place in the world's group of Nations.

    From: Gab. Okpechi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • President God Luck is our own Nero In Nigeria.
    Let pray to God to give us good leader who will at least heard to the voice of the common men.
    Who are the the beneficiary of the fuel subsidy? the rich or the poor. f subsidy will create jobs for the jobless, don't tell us the number of the jobs that will be available tell us the names of those jobs and how to get it.
    God bless Nigeria

    From: gbemitte

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Fellow nigerians, the evil of the past leadership has being out shine by this subsidy, I want to let all know that Jonathan government have good ambition and will make us greater, Remember that we have to sacrifice something to make our future brighter.

    From: Dede

    Posted: 2 years ago

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