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Nigerians groan as kerosene soars to N220 per litre


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There appears to be no respite for Nigerians who are already feeling the impact of a dwindling economy as the price of kerosene has moved up to N220 per litre in Lagos, as against the official regulated price of N50. Diesel, which the government claimed was deregulated, however, sold for between N160 and N180 per litre.
Nigerians who spoke with Daily Sun lamented the suffering they are going through as a result of the astronomical increase. With inflation hitting an all-time high of 15 per cent without a corresponding increase in wages, they said life was becoming unbearable.
Funmi Olayokun, a trader and mother of five, feared that the N220 pump price of kerosene would further negatively impact poor Nigerians, who solely depend on the product for domestic use.
She said she was disappointed at the development, insisting that the situation in the country was not the change Nigerians prayed for. Prices of foodstuffs and other commodities, she added, have increased by over 100 per cent saying, “Nigerians now go to bed hungry.”
Seun Busari, a taxi driver, berated the organised labour and civil society groups, noting that, “labour and civil society groups that Nigerians depended on to fight for their rights have sold out. That is why the Federal Government is now getting away with its inimical and anti-people policies.
Nigerians have no alternative than to take their fate in their own hands.
“Nigerians are dying in large numbers as a result of the hardships being inflicted on them by this government, while labour is looking the other way.”
Onyemaechi Ukaegbu, a computer analyst, however, blamed Nigerians for the development, saying “when people sin, God will raise a wicked king to afflict them. That is what is going on in Nigeria today, so the affliction has just begun. Nigerians must pay for their foolishness in voting for change. A man is not measured by his words, but rather by his actions. Nigerians fell for blackmail, lies and proposed aids, so they must pay for it.”- THE SUN

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