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Fuel subsidy removal: NBA plans its own protest

Lagos : Nigeria | Jan 04, 2012 at 9:50 AM PST
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Still on Fuel Subsidy Removal with Ken Okolugbo

By ANDREW OJIEZEL

As the heat and arguments against the removal of fuel subsidy thickens, the Federal Government has threatened to stop the planned protest by organized labour through court action.

And members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) have vowed to paralyse business activities in Lagos and other states by Thursday, January 5, 2012, to protest not only against the subsidy but for its illegality.

Speaking with journalists last yesterday, Femi Falana, a human rights activist, questioned the rationale behind the removal when members of the lawmaking body in the country have not yet endorsed it.

According to the human rights activist, Federal Government has no justifiable reason to remove the subsidy, especially on New Year day when many Nigerians were on holiday, also when the country’s lawmakers have not yet given him the go ahead, saying, “before Federal Government embarks on stopping us through any law court, we the members of NBA are having our protest rally in major cities for acting contrary to law.”

According to Falana, Federal Government has no justifiable reason to remove the subsidy, especially on New Year day when many Nigerians were on holiday, also when the country’s lawmakers have not yet given him the go ahead, saying, “before Federal Government embarks on stopping us through any law court, we the members of NBA are having our protest march in major cities for acting contrary to law.”

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