Photos: Bishop protests against fuel price
The Bishop of Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry, Seun Adeoye, has embarked on a one-man protest, dressed in full regalia of his office, to register his rejection of the recent deregulation policy of the Federal Government which has jacked up the price of fuel to N145 per litre.
Hanging on himself a placard bearing the inscription “N145 per litre: This is not change but chain,” he threatened to trek from Osogbo, the Osun capital, to Abuja to protest against the policy if the Federal Government refused to reverse the decision.
Adeoye, who used to be the Chairman of the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, began the protest in front of the Osun State Government House, Okefia around 10am and marched to the popular Olaiya Junction where he addressed reporters.
The protesting cleric asserted that he would not keep quiet in the face of injustice and oppression because the masses whom he described as voiceless were the ones
being adversely affected by the government policy.
According to him, “This is not the change they promised the people. At most it should be N95 per litre.
This price is too much, many Nigerians are dying because they cannot feed and do other necessary things like buying drugs and all that. Things are very bad and this hike would worsen it.
“There is hike in electricity tariff; things are very expensive and the salaries have remained the same despite this. Churches are distributing food and other items to members every day. Nigerians have been turned to beggars.
“Most of those who are supporting the policy are doing so because they can afford to buy a litre of fuel even for N1000. But we have to think of the majority of the people whose standard of living are seriously affected.”