Nigerians on social media have called on former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to stop taking the easy route of online complaints about irregularities in the country and team up with youths in street protests.
The citizens said that they want the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party to lead a protest against the recent increase in electricity and fuel at such a trying time.
It’s been reported that the electricity distributing companies (DisCos) across the country has started implementing a new tariff and also, the price of fuel has gone up to a staggering 155naira per litre.
This comes after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) ordered the DisCos to maintain a N4 tariff for all customers consuming less than 50kWh of energy per month.
The commission said Nigerians would have to pay more to enjoy power for longer hours, an implementation that has generated furore on social media.
Reacting to the development on Thursday, Mr Abubakar, in a post on Twitter, said he rejected the hike, saying it was “ill-timed and ill-advised”
“I reject the increased electricity tariffs. Coming out of the lockdown, Nigerians need a stimulus, not an impetuous disregard for the challenges they face. Many Nigerians have not earned an income for months, due to no fault of theirs. This increase is ill-timed and ill-advised”, he wrote
His tweet provoked mixes reactions from his followers with most of them tired of his usual say on issues and demanded more.