LAGOS, OCTOBER 24, 2016 – The convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, whose group, SNG, was among the arrowheads of the Occupy Nigeria protest that shot down the country over total removal of fuel subsidy during the administration of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has averred that he has “no single regret about my action in 2012.”
The government of President Muhammadu Buhari, had in May this year announced the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS otherwise known as petrol, making the product to be sold at the pump price of N145 per litre. Bakare was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election.
Recall that Jonathan, who removed the subsidy on petrol in 2012, had stated in an interview with Bloomberg that “the very people that have been accusing us of corruption are the very people that frustrated it (the removal of subsidy).”
But speaking on Saturday as a guest lecturer at the 14th year anniversary of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja, Bakare stated that he never regretted occupying the street in January, 2012, following the fuel subsidy removal by Jonathan.
“I have no single regret about my action in 2012. If I have another opportunity, I will do it again. Save Nigeria Group (SNG) campaign was not about fuel subsidy, but against corruption. We insisted on ‘kill corruption and not Nigeria’. It was corruption in that government that we fought.
“We simply made the then government to understand that sovereignty belongs to the people and we demonstrated it through our actions. And we will do it again and again if time demands for it,” the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly asserted.