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‘We feel frustrated’ – Nigerians react to increase fuel prices in the country.

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Many Nigerians have expressed frustration over the recent fuel price increase by the federal government.

In a poll conducted by Legit.ng on Thursday, September 3, many of the respondents say they are not happy with the new development. While 47.6% of the respondents say they are frustrated over the price hike, 35.9% say they are angry over the development, 11.2% say they will adjust to the new realities while 5.3% of the respondents are of the opinion that the hike was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some respondents also commented and shared their thoughts on the issue. Nomishan Daniel wrote: “Deregulation at work. Henceforth, PMS prices will fluctuate back and forth, based on market forces determined by Brent.” Curtis Valentine wrote: “I am angry at this government. When you check very well, Nigeria is in deep debt running into several trillion. My thought is the government is trying to make money by all unnecessary means just to pay back.”

Alex Obinna wrote: “That’s what happens when a government is in shambles.” Legit.ng had earlier reported that Pipelines and Product Marketing Company recently announced that the price of premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol has been increased to N151.56 per litre. The development comes barely five months after the commodity was reduced to N123 per litre by the federal government. The news also comes a day after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that between June and August 2020, it spent a whopping N5.34 billion on fuel subsidy. The NNPC said the subsidy costs represented temporary payments to marketers who bought imported fuel and then sold it on for stocks they held when the subsidy was removed and would be spread over six months. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the fresh increase in the price of fuel to N151 per litre and electricity tariff to N66 per kwh by the Buhari-led administration. The opposition party in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, September 2, by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiayn, described the decision of the government as  “callous, cruel and punishing.” The party demanded an immediate reversal of the prices to avert a national crisis, stressing that the increase will result in an upsurge in costs of goods and services.

Similarly, the Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) described the increase in the price of petrol and the upward review of electricity tariffs by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission as “draconian anti-masses policy by a heartless administration.”

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Lai Mohammed calls for regulation of social media.

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The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, October 27 said that the nation is sitting on a keg of gun powder regarding the issue of fake news, hence the need for the federal government to immediately begin to regulate the social media space.

The minister stated this while responding to questions from federal lawmakers when he appeared before the House of Representatives committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values.Alhaji Lai Mohammed has continued his advocacy for social media regulation. Alhaji Mohammed made reference to the recent #ENDSARS protest, saying that it was fought on social media.

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“They mobilised using social media. The war today revolves around two things. Smart phones and data and these young men don’t even watch television or listen to the radio or read newspapers. “We are sitting on a time bomb on this issue of fake news. Unfortunately, we have no national policy on social media and we need one. The minister’s latest comments is expected to spark reactions across the country as young Nigerians have been warning against government’s alleged plans to gag them on social media.

The authorities have promised that they don’t intend to completely shut down social media in the country, but the distrust between government and the led in Nigeria has been that of mutual suspicion.

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