Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Abia State have reiterated the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from his position as the Minister of Petroleum.
The call comes after the prevailing upheavals in the sector.
The organisations urged Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Ikachukwu, to immediately convey a stakeholders meeting of relevant parties with a view to come up with an agreed pump price.
Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development (FENRAD) and Society for Economic Rights and Social Justice (SERSJ) have made the call.
They condemned the price increase to N145 per litre, by the presidency, as “a height of insensitivity, disregard to the plight of hardship faced by the majority of Nigerians at this critical time in our nation’s history.”
The organisations said the increment came at a “wrong time” bearing in mind that the 2016 national budget that was just signed into law by Buhari was yet to stimulate the economy.
“From the foregoing, we demand for the immediate reversal of the pump price,” the Abia CSOs jointly-stated.
“The Minister of State for Petroleum should explain to Nigerians the essence and relevance of the price modulation principles.”
They demanded that Buhari relinquish his position as the Minister of Petroleum and appoint a substantive Minister.
“With the reality on ground it has shown that the president lack the capacity, experience and knowledge to run the petroleum sector, which is a very sensitive sector in the Nigerian economy that requires professional manning the sector.”
Buhari swore himself as the head of powerful Petroleum Ministry in his 36-member cabinet last November, five months after running the country without a cabinet.