The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has on Monday, cautioned the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari against any attempt by his administration to remove fuel subsidy, saying such action would be forcefully opposed.
This was made known in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Com. Nwanko Ezekiel, in Abuja, the group said removing fuel subsidy was anti-people.
The statement read: “We enjoin the National Assembly to have another look at their approved budget and make provisions for fuel subsidy before forwarding it to the President for his assent.
“The incoming administration has said so much about blocking leakages and we believe that the subsidy provisions are not part of the leakages to be blocked.
“The subsidy is almost the only benefit the poor Nigerian masses derive from our abundant petroleum resources.
“We hereby remind the government that in 2012, Nigerians rose in unison against the removal leading to the
‘Occupy Protest’ that almost crumbled our national economy,’’ it said.
He further urged the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan not to assent to the budget when it gets to his table, if there was no provision for fuel subsidy in it.
Nwanko disclosed that Nigerian students were ever ready to once again be in the fore front of agitation against removal of fuel subsidy and would not shy away from such responsibility.