Why I embarked on one-man rally to protest fuel hike
The bishop, who spoke to The Guardian on his decision to embark a one-man protest squad against the increase of fuel price from N86 to N145, said he is of the opinion that the Muhammed Buhari’s administration has not been fair to downtrodden Nigerians.
“Nigerians are passing through hell now. People should see the government as a big father who will give them solace in time of crisis. But this father is wielding a big stick against the people.
“This increase in pump price of PMS is uncalled for. In the last one year, Nigerians have seen increase in virtually everything apart from their earnings. We have seen increase in electricity tariff, increase in bank charges and astronomical increase in food items.
“Churches in Nigeria today are becoming centres for distribution of food items and relief materials to hapless Nigerians, who have been deceived by elites in government.
“Those who are telling Nigerians to bear the cost and allow the new price regime to stand are the same people flying over us in their choppers. Even if they call the price N1,000, they will still buy it. I also believe there is a time for everything. There is a time to speak and a time to keep quiet. For me, presently in Nigeria, this is the time to speak no matter whose ox is gored.
“Some may disagree with me on why as a Bishop, I left the pulpit for the streets to express my dissatisfaction but I am not bothered about the opinion of men, I was moved by the Spirit of God to do what I did. I cannot do anything otherwise but to obey God.
“The Bible is my code of conduct. If you read through it you will see that the prophets of old were more radical in nature. Prophets Jeremiah and John the Baptist are my role models. Even our Lord Jesus Christ took drastic steps when occasion demands.
“I cannot afford to be a conformist when people are hungry and suffering. I cannot keep mute when leaders who should be concerned about the plights of the oppressed are living in their comfort rooms but tell Nigerians to take heart in their plights,” he added.