Jonathan’s aide heckled at town hall meeting

The political adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, was yesterday booed by youth leaders at a town hall meeting in Abuja on fuel subsidy removal. Gulak was jeered by the youths when he rationalized the government’s action as an important step in achieving the President’s transformation agenda. Representatives of youths from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria, Moslem Youth Association, Christian Youth Association, and the Youth Parliament who made up the gathering rejected subsidy removal at this time. He argued that projects like the second Niger Bridge and the rapid development of the nation’s infrastructures are hinged on the successful management of monies recovered after subsidy removal. Danjuma Bello Sarki, an executive of the Youth Council of Nigeria, said the presidency had an agreement with youth leaders earlier that subsidy removal will only take effect from April 2012, after extensive consultation with Nigerians at all level. The President of NANS, comrade Dauda Mohammed, said they were on the side of the majority of Nigerians who are against removal of fuel subsidy.

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