From North to South to East to West, the streets were taken over by citizens protesting the hike and for once in a long time, we spoke with one voice.Now, few months later, reports by the Farouk Lawan led House of Representatives' Ad -Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy probe has revealed that over N1.7trn was looted by fuel marketers and government agencies.
The news has come as a shock to Nigerians who feel sorely cheated. While the Federal Government was giving excuses that it could no longer fund subsidies on the price of fuel and wanted to use the money for other developmental projects in the country, the money has actually been there all along but was looted by some agencies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency(PPPRA), Department of Petroleum Resources, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and other petroleum marketing companies.
To protest this, convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, and others recently served notice to the Federal Government of another round of mass protest in Lagos and other towns in the country, following the House of Representatives' report on how over N1.7trn was looted by fuel marketers'and government agencies.
Similarly, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, another leader of the group at a press conference urged Nigerians to get ready for another determined protest over the fuel subsidy scam adding that the Farouk-Lawan report shows that Nigerians have been dehumanized.
The SNG said that it had started dissecting the report, adding that another "Occupy Nigeria", was imminent if government failed to act swiftly in prosecuting the culprits.
If these protests go on as planned, it would be the second time this year Nigerians are protesting over Fuel Subsidies.
So, are you in support of the protests? Do you think massive protests is what we need to push the Federal Government into action on prosecuting the culprits? Will you join them to 'Occupy Nigeria' once again?
Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.
Thanks to Bella Naija