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CLO to President Buhari : Nigerians are suffering

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Babatunde Opalana 

Commemorating the 2017 World Human Rights Day, the South East Zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation, (CLO) has unequivocally told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians are going through an agonizing period as the socio-economic environment is becoming unfriendly to them.

Presented a report on behalf of the organisation, Comrade Aloysius Attah said though Nigerians have been wallowing under the gallows of bad leadership for ages the current administration of President Buhari  has not alleviated their suffering as the government has literarily led the people from ‘frying pan to the fire’

The organization lampooned the APC led government for failing to redeem most of its pre-2015 election campaign promises and has not made the country better than it met it. He said this has necessitated the question by many Nigerians that: “Is Buhari our messiah or should we expect another one?”

“With all the promises which the APC led government churned out to Nigerians while in their quest to seize power. We were told that our Naira will exchange for one dollar that Boko Haram will be wiped out in 6 months, medical tourism abroad will be a thing of the past, constant power supply etc.

“But juxtaposed with the existential reality on the ground, those who coined the APC acronym to mean –‘All Promises Cancelled’ may be right after all.

“2 years and 7 months of the Buhari administration and with just a few months to the kick-starting of another campaign for 2019, Nigerians are still facing critical and hard times. The high cost of living with dwindling income, spiraling local and foreign debts by the government, selective anti-corruption fight, brazen marginalization of a section of the country,  nepotism of the highest order and an alarming number of killings which has turned Nigeria to a ‘Bleeding Republic’.

While telling the  President that Nigerians are suffering and he highlighted some of the reasons why there is too much anger in the land.

“As the Minister of Petroleum, we are still wondering why our refineries are yet to function at optimal capacity and the nation still relies on the importation of refined petrol.  Let the government walk the talk by not only fixing the refineries but should cut down the prices of petrol and kerosene.

“The power sector has become an octopus with so many heads and fingers but the government can tackle the challenge if the will is there. From generation to transmission and distribution, there is an urgent need for the declaration of the state of emergency in the power sector.

The body, therefore, called for the withdraw the license of EEDC in the South East since the company has remained obstinate and adamant in its calculated deal to keep on exploiting the consumers and robbing them of their hard earned money for services they did not render.

“In the same vein, we say no to the muted idea of bringing back the toll gates across the country.  Collecting tolls from motorists can never do any magic in turning around the cavernous hellholes which our roads have been turned into mostly in the South East and South South.

“The hefty sums budgeted for road rehabilitation in the fiscal years all along would have made a difference if those in charge have been sincere. Returning of the toll gates is simply an avenue to make some people richer while the average motorist is impoverished”, he added.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to the statement from the UN, this year’s Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

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