Many Nigerians on social media have called on former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to stop online complaints about irregularities in the country if he is not willing to lead physical 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 tariffs.
PREMIUM TIMES reported on Tuesday that the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) across the country have started the implementation of a new electricity tariff regime.
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.
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.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) September 3, 2020
Not comfortable with mere tweets, Nigerians, however, called out the former vice president to take responsibility by leading a protest to show his displeasure with the new tariff regime.
See tweets below:
Sir, today, you are the real definition of hypocrisy. Your penchant for president won't be realize that way.
— Kabiru Usman Misali (@KabiruMisali) September 3, 2020
We need you on the street to lead the protest,leave this Twitter street and come on the real street mr President!
— ($IRB) (@BobbyBa31022438) September 3, 2020
I second this tweet…..
If our #celebactivists could do it then, what is holding them back now….
We need real time and aggressive rejection of bad policy and anti human govt….
— Azeez Ola. Balogun (@Balokunz) September 3, 2020
Come out sir. Lead aggressive protest. Twitter protest is no more meaningful or make any difference to this awful, disgusting & harsh policy made by the terrible govt of the day.. Nigerians are suffering, No space for breathing, Nigerians have been pushed to the end of the wall.
— Azeez Ola. Balogun (@Balokunz) September 3, 2020
True. APC and Buhari were out to protest in 2014 and were tear gassed. I want to see how Atiku will react to being tear gas 😋😋😋
— Okunola Akeju. MD (@MooAkee) September 3, 2020
Lead a street protest, Mr Atiku.
— FS Yusuf, AMIIM (#TPACT) (@FS_Yusuf_) September 3, 2020
Atiku is always forming big man ,he can’t protest ,even for electoral reform,he will suffer same fate in 2023
— Palermo🦁 (@mykiechuks) September 3, 2020
Dear H. E. @atiku, come out and lead Nigerians in a nationwide protest!
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) September 3, 2020
Atleast DSS and Mopol won't harass or arrest a senior citizen like you and your presence would up our morale.
— Duke Of JOS (@signor_Wilson) September 3, 2020
After this tweet what next?
Abeg second base jare!!
— Matt (@OgaMadam24) September 3, 2020
Enough of the press release from you and the PDP. We have read enough. Lead a nation wide protest, and see the rest of Nigeria hit the street. This is the time for action
— Okoro (@OdogwuDab) September 3, 2020
Let's move from twitter to the streets.
APC did it when they were in opposition, you can do it NOW! What is opposition that only wail on Twitter?
— Blessed Beyond Measure (BBM) (@Drmuzoic) September 3, 2020
I am not even proposing a match I am proposing a shutdown of the country. Let us all move to every federal roads in the country and Sit down block it for 24hrs. No selling no buying and lay some simple yet important demands for 24hours. It would send a signal.
— kingCedar (@Ayotola85) September 3, 2020
Dear @atiku, this is Buhari & APC leadership when d fuel pump price was increased during GEJ administration. They didn't reject d increase on Twitter neither did they hold press conference. It was done with a street protest. U & @OfficialPDPNig leaders shld take d lead. Thanks pic.twitter.com/2shaHbTnDR
— Osemawe of Food Chemometrics (@BTOlawoye) September 3, 2020
Una all desame Na when Una no dey d office Una go the way out strategies…. mtchew today I don buy fuel ⛽️ for 160 per liter and Na full tank I buy I no die… God no go shame us mtchew pic.twitter.com/nESotSaaAL
— papï (@Cylaf1) September 3, 2020
Dear Atiku sir
I urge you to come out along with CUPP members, religious, labour leaders, Civil society, suffering masses to protest this abysmally fascist & totalitarian policy of this regime.
This govt is consolidating poverty & hardship
— Bonarpatism (@noaholatunde) September 3, 2020
This is the best of time to lead the struggle. It would be great if you can use the opportunity and associate with the masses.
— Franklin adebayo (@Franklinbayo) September 3, 2020
Come out and condemn it Sir just as they (PMB, Fashola, Bakare, Tinubu, and the rest) when they where playing opposition. The "occupy Nigerian" is still fresh in our heart.
Be a leader and lead the protest against this injustice to all Nigerian from the front.
— Galeedo (@galeed_okwuosa) September 3, 2020