The Oodua People’s Congress condemned the high cost of fuel and gas and demanded that the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), pending the start of local production of the country’s four refineries, any plans to lifting the fuel subsidy must stop.

The group made the call in a statement on Wednesday by OPC president, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, popularly called Askari. Askari is the leader of the OPC’s Frederick Fasehun faction.

He warned that cutting fuel subsidies without locally produced fuel would further fuel inflation, endanger industries and increase the hardships Nigerians already suffered.

OPC also demanded that the government equally tame the galloping prices of cooking gas, household kerosene and jet fuel.

Afolabi said: “Many households and families suffer from the high cost of cooking gas and domestic kerosene. They want the government to alleviate their suffering by ensuring that the price of, for example, gas returns to a maximum of N256/kg, instead of the current astronomical price of N850/kg.”

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Afolabi lamented that the price of diesel has also skyrocketed from N190 to N810, saying it had a negative impact on industry and transportation, with the attendant high cost of goods and services.

According to the OPC president, lower fuel prices will reduce inflation, restore the health of devalued Naira and increase citizens’ purchasing power, boosting the economy overall.

Afolabi challenged the government to invest in local fuel production rather than imports and said Buhari should ensure the renewal of the country’s four refineries and encourage the abundant establishment of functional modular refineries.

“What is happening today was not what General Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians when he campaigned in 2014. His pledge to change the fuel situation by renewing the four refineries has appealed to Nigerians dissatisfied with the high cost of imported fuel. . Nigerians voted for change. Now the situation is even worse.

“How do you explain that Buhari called fuel subsidy of N306.92 billion a scam in 2015, but under him fuel subsidy increased to N1.43 trillion in 2021 and N4 trillion in 2022?

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“By running the economy on imported fuel for the past seven years, the Buhari government has sacrificed Nigerians to the unleashed greed of an evil cabal that has deliberately paralyzed local refining. Obviously, no country will do well under such a system. It’s time to say, “Enough is enough.”

“President Buhari, as Minister of Petroleum, has no excuse to import petroleum products. Nigeria is an oil producing country. Nigerians are blessed with petroleum resources and they deserve to enjoy the benefits of this God-given gift.”

Recalling that when Buhari took over in 2015, it sold gasoline for N87 at the fuel pump, Afolabi said the price has risen to N190 today.

OPC also blames the high price of jet fuel, saying the situation has increased the cost of airline tickets and made air travel expensive, unappealing and nightmarish.

Afolabi said: “It is unreasonable that just a few months ago jet fuel was sold for N190 and today has risen to N880. Yet the government is allowing the situation to continue without doing anything to bring this alarming situation under control. This is unacceptable.”

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