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“It’s a free for all. The marketers are obviously extorting money from the buyers because there’s nothing you can do. Some places are selling for 150. I just bought for 200 Naira. On Facebook I have friends who have said they bought for 250 Naira. From 65 Naira to 200 naira you can’t imagine,” Ememobong says.
The student association as well as other groups throughout the country will stage massive protests if the subsidy is not reinstated.
“Labor is going on protest, students are going on protest, market women - everybody’s going because everybody is affected by what’s happening. It’s not just about students. It’s not just about labor. It’s about everybody. All of Nigeria except the very rich are going on protest. And like John F. Kennedy said, if a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich,” Ememobong adds.
Despite being Africa’s largest oil producer, Nigeria imports most of its refined petrol while exporting its crude resources – a fact that speaks to capacity in Nigeria, says Ememobong.
“It’s unfortunate that we have many refineries in Nigeria that are not even working at optimal capacity. Why can’t they work? Why do we need to export the crude oil and re-import them and pay so much on them?”
The Nigerian government says the $7.5 billion used on fuel subsidies is needed for infrastructure projects and social programs throughout the country.