The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) said it received with shock and disbelief the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to approve an astronomical increase in fuel price.
CUPP wonders why such a decision should come at this time that Nigerians are already “suffocating under the weight of numerous taxes.”
CUPP’s position was contained in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Imo Ikenga Ugochinyere.
Opposition political parties noted that this increase is coming barely one day after the increase in electricity tariff by this same government took effect.
“We, therefore, reject this senseless, heartless, insensitive and wicked increase in its entirety,” CUPP said.
“The CUPP holds the view that this latest poison from the chalice of the All Progressives Congress’ government is meant to kill more Nigerians with suffering contrary to the oath Buhari swore to protect them.
“We are therefore calling on this government to rescind this unpopular decision with immediate effect.
“Failure to do this, the CUPP will be taking a legal action to force this government to do so.
“Apart from the legal option, we shall also begin to reach out with a view to mobilising civil society organisations and organised groups for mass action.
“The Opposition Coalition Human Mobilisation head, Barr. Kenneth Udeze will in the days ahead, start meeting with organised groups to mobilise them to be on same page with the Opposition
“We urge Nigerians to be ready to take an active part in the proposed mass civil action in case the Federal Government, in its usual style turns a deaf ear to our legitimate and patriotic call.”