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Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal In 2012 Was Mere Politics — EX Governor Fayemi


The former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, recently made remarks about the protests that erupted in response to the fuel subsidy removal during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012.

Fayemi shared his perspective on the matter during an event in Abuja on Tuesday, September 5, attended by former President Jonathan and other dignitaries.

Fayemi characterized the protests against the fuel subsidy removal as primarily driven by political motives.

He noted that the decision to adjust the pump price of petrol from N65 per litre to N141 had triggered widespread demonstrations, collectively known as ‘Occupy Nigeria,’ in major cities across the country at the time.

During his address, Fayemi acknowledged the economic development that occurred during President Jonathan’s administration, suggesting that it marked a period of significant progress for Nigeria.

He also referenced former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent interview in which he questioned the effectiveness of the country’s liberal democracy, expressing his agreement with Obasanjo’s sentiment.

Fayemi advocated for a shift towards “alternative politics” and suggested proportional representation as a potential solution to foster greater inclusivity in governance.

He emphasized the need for a more collaborative approach in Nigerian politics, one that ensures that political parties’ manifestos are upheld and that individuals from various parties actively participate in shaping and implementing government policies.

Fayemi’s comments reflect a call for unity and a more transparent political landscape in Nigeria, where political decisions are driven by national interest rather than partisan considerations.

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