He recently revealed this during an interview with the press, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, the attempted announcement of petrol price by PPPRA was very unconstitutional because the price determination ought to have been done by market forces.
Falana added that he was even made to understand that Nigerians were prepared to really challenge the increase before the government came out to apologise, and they would’ve been right.
His words, “With respect to the attempted fuel hike by PPPRA which has no power whatsoever to make the announcement accredited to it, I was made to understand based on security report that Nigerians were prepared to challenge the increase before the government came out to apologise.”
“But as far as I’m concerned, the government is nearly buying time because the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has insisted that the prices of fuel be determined by the so-called market forces.”
“You’ll recall that when last annoucement was made, the government came out to say, ‘we’re under high pressure from the IMF and that henceforth, market forces would determine the prices of petroleum products in Nigeria’. But it appears that the government has realised that ultimately, it has to factor its sensibility, sensitivity and concerned of Nigerians.”
“If the government had thought that with the agreement reached with the Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress there would be no protest in Nigeria. That’s no longer the case.”
“As we saw last year, the ENDSARS movement did not involve the NLC or the TUC, yet organised one of the most successful protests ever held in Nigeria. So, I’m convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that any unpopular media would be fought by Nigerian people who have been overtaxed by the government.”
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