IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO THE FLOOD VICTIMS!!
NIGERIANS, ARISE TO RESIST THE POLICIES OF PRIVATISATION, DEREGULATION & FOOD CRISIS NOW!!!
1. The Joint Action Front (JAF) wishes to alert Nigerians of the surreptitious plot by the Federal Government and the oil marketers to impose a new price regime for petroleum products, thereby artificially inducing and encouraging scarcity of petroleum products (petrol, kerosene and diesel) and its attendant hike in prices across the country.
2. JAF notes that filling stations across the country, including NNPC branded outlets sell petrol at N110 to N140 per litre instead of the official price of N97, while kerosene is sold at N120 – N150 a litre instead of N50.
3. JAF does not find credible the recent statement credited to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) that it will SHUT down any filling station selling above the official prices, which is deceptive and aimed at disarming Nigerians from protesting against the current prevalence of fuel scarcity and hike in prices. As at date all the filling stations sell above the official prices and yet none has been shut.
4. Nigerians should be reminded that the January 3rd – 16th 2012 MASS ACTION, in which JAF played a leading role, compelled the Federal Government to retreat to the new so-called 40% subsidized price of N97 for petrol as against its January 1st 2012 wicked hike in the price of petrol from N65 – N141.
5. JAF is in the process of mobilising Nigerians and groups across the country towards resisting the current scarcity in fuel products and hike in prices. JAF therefore urges NIGERIANS to prepare to join the struggle anywhere they are when such action is declared.
6. We urge Nigerians to make PUBLIC (through www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com and other social media) names and locations of all FILLING STATIONS selling fuels above the current official prices (petrol @ N97 a litre, kerosene @ N50 a litre and diesel @ N70 a litre).
7. Also, JAF strongly condemns the Federal Government for its insensitivity and lack of emergency measures to address the plights of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians displaced recently by the River Niger floods, which has caused agonies to not only the people in Kogi State but to those in neighbouring states and other Nigerians. The flood disaster has equally caused hike in the prices of food, unavailability of potable water to residents, chaotic traffic situations and untold sufferings to the North-South travelers who were stranded for days.
8. This is one more instance that has exposed the present ruling class of looters and its preferred wicked policies of greed and profits in the guise of Privatisation and Deregulation agenda (private interests) which have been responsible for neglect and near total collapse of infrastructure, thereby condemning Nigerians to for the untold hardship and unnecessary sufferings.
9. SYSTEM CHANGE REMAINS OUR GOAL!
· JAF has consistently commends to Nigerians that we need a STRUGGLE to end the rule of the CLASS OF LOOTERS. For the avoidance of doubt, Privatisation and Deregulation are in Nigeria, avenues for virtual stealing of the people’s property and looting. We have seen this in the banking, aviation and the petroleum sector. The same greed and thievery will rule the privatization of the electricity sector. Therefore, all organizations of the people must join the resistance to exploiters and their rule.
· We STAND by SYSTEM CHANGE, which means:
“Nigeria is rich. The wealth belongs to the people. Most Nigerians are hungry, have no jobs, no education, no healthcare, no potable water, no electricity supply and no affordable transportation. Most cannot feed their families or educate their children. Those who are lucky to have jobs are not much different. They also cannot afford a decent living for their families. On the other hand, there is a very tiny group of Nigerians who have cornered the wealth that belong to the working people and the poor, who are in the majority. They loot the treasury and use their stolen wealth to sustain themselves in power through their political parties. They use their power to get richer and richer when the poor get poorer and poorer. This is the system of exploitation and oppression. It is the system that brings out the army and the police to kill poor people when they protest against oppression and exploitation.
We want to change that system and replace it with a system where the working people and the millions of people who are sufferings under the system of exploitation will win power and ensure that the wealth of Nigeria is used to ensure a good life for the majority of the people who are now exploited and oppressed. System change is not replacing one exploiter’s government by another exploiter’s government. It is replacing an exploiter’s government by a people’s government to reorganise Nigeria and put an end to exploitation and oppression”.
DR. DIPO FASHINA COMRADE ABIODUN AREMU
JAF Chairperson JAF Secretary