Kyari, Emefiele urged to solve problems in three days

From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

The Oodua Youth Parliament (OYP), an ethnonationalist group, has threatened to mobilise a nationwide protest over the scarcity of petrol and new naira notes across the country.

The group called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Gowin Emefiele, and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) Mr Mele Kyari, to right the wrong within the next 72 hours.

The Speaker of the Group, Abdulmajeed O Oyeniyi, in a statement, decried hardship experienced by Nigerians due to what he described as “deliberate sabotage” by Emefeile and Kyari to achieve an ulterior motive of some influential individuals in the corridor of power bent at foisting their will on helpless Nigerians.

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To him, it is a source of concern that officers appointed to discharge the most important functions that have serious socioeconomic effects on the lives of Nigerians could turn around to be sources of a devastating nightmare.

“Nigerians are going through a lot, ranging from economic devastation as a result of the deliberate action of heads of CBN and NNPCL who are bent on triggering nationwide disaffection and public apathy to satisfy the whims of some selfish individual in the corridor of power.

“It is sad and disheartening seeing the pains and anguish caused by Nigerians who should have been preparing for a general election but are occupied with queuing up for the whole day while spending the night at filling stations or cash dispensing machines.

“We are sounding a note of warning to them that their time is up for either they make these most important products available or face an effective protest, capable of consuming them,” he warned.

He, however, commended the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Patrick Kehinde for handling professionally the brewing anger, resulting from the scarcity of naira and fuel which he noted would have degenerated into public disturbance and above all jeopardising peace in the state.