Nigerians on Monday rose to defend the recent patrol subsidy removal by the federal government (FG), insisting that those instigating the ordinary citizens against the policy are beneficiaries of the age-long subsidy scam in the country.
The citizens at a rally in Abuja under the aegis of National Patriotic Movement, noted that the subsidy money had always ended in the pockets of corrupt Nigerians.
According the Convener of the movement, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, who addressed journalists at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), “The pain is, it (subsidy funds) end up in the pocket of few corrupt Nigerians.”
Insisting that subsidy is a fraud, the patriotic citizens said they agree with President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerian subsidy regime is a scam that must not continue.
On pre-paid metering of Nigerians, the movement urged the government to prevail on the country’s electricity distribution companies to distribute free prepaid meters to Nigerians.
“We make bold to demand of the Federal Government to prevail on the distribution companies, to meter every household at no cost to Nigerians.
“The burden of paying for meter should not be on the consumers as it is the property of the distribution company.
“This we believe will encourage Nigerians to save energy as individual regulation will naturally be applied”, Comrade Ogenyi said.