Barely 24 hours after the federal government increased the ex-depot price of petrol to N151.56 per litre, prompting marketers to jerk up the pump price of the product to N161 per litre from N148, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, has announced plans to stage fresh protest against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on October 1, which is the official national holiday for Nigeria’s celebration of Independence Day.
Members of the #RevolutionNow movement had last month held nationwide protests against bad governance, lack of infrastructure, and extra-judicial activities, among others.
Several members of the group were arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) during the last protests.
The protesters were seen with different placards bearing the following inscriptions: ‘Stop the wicked devaluation of Naira,’ ‘Stop the increment in fuel price,’ ‘another Nigeria is possible,’ among others.
There has been widespread condemnation of the fuel hike which is coming at the heels of increment in electricity tariff. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had described the hike in fuel pump price as an attempt by the APC-led federal government to impoverish the masses.