Connect with us – Proudly Nigerian DIY Motivation & Information Blog

Chinua Achebe, 37 Others Write President Jonathan Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

News in Nigerian Newspapers Today

Chinua Achebe, 37 Others Write President Jonathan Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

chinua achebe writes jonathan

Jan 9, 2012 – Chinua Achebe, 37 Others Write President Jonathan Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

In the heat of the proposed nationwide strike by Labour in reaction to the Federal Government’s removal of Fuel Subsidy, respected Nigerian novelist and critic Chinua Achebe and 37 others have signed a statement requesting President Goodluck Jonathan to ‘immediately change course by reverting to the old prices of petroleum products’. 

The statement also asks Goodluck Jonathan to ‘outline both short and long term plans to comprehensively address the scourge of terror’.

Full Transcripts Of Chinua Achebe’s Letter To President Jonathan

We are troubled by the turn of events in Nigeria, and hereby call on President Goodluck Jonathan and the rest of the country’s political leadership to take immediate steps to tackle the state of lawlessness in certain parts of the nation and address the sense trepidation and rage that has reached dangerous levels within the Nigerian populace.

Nigeria is witnessing a new escalation of sectarian violence, culminating in explosions that have killed or seriously wounded scores of people at churches and other centres of worship and local businesses.

As a people who lost two million citizens in a civil war, Nigerians must bring an urgent sense of history to the gloomy events. The country’s leadership should not view the incessant attacks as mere temporary misfortune with which the citizenry must learn to live; they are precursors to events that could destabilize the entire country.

We applaud President Jonathan’s declaration of a state of emergency in certain local government areas in four states. However, we have seen little indication that the country’s security and law enforcement agents are up to the task of protecting the lives and property of citizens in all parts of Nigeria.

Clearly, the sophistication and deadly impact of the terrorist attacks suggest an agenda to create widespread fear and, possibly, to foment anarchy or war. Mr Jonathan has no greater duty than to ensure that Nigerians are safe wherever they live or visit within the country. He should demonstrate his recognition of that solemn duty, in our view, by doing the following:

(a) Outline both short and long term plans to comprehensively address the scourge of terror,

(b) Appoint competent and committed officials to head the various security agencies, and

(c) Serve as an agent to heal the many divisions plaguing Nigeria, and persuade all well-meaning people to enlist in the fight against festering violence.

Mr Jonathan’s decision to remove fuel subsidies in the country at this time was ill-advised. Coming at the advent of the New Year, and barely a week after the gruesome Christmas Day attacks on worshippers, the policy has forced many Nigerian citizens to perceive his leadership as one that is both insensitive and possibly contemptuous of the mood of its people.

We stand with the Nigerian people who are protesting the removal of oil subsidy which has placed an unbearable economic weight on their lives. This action has clearly imposed an untenable and unfair burden on those segments of Nigerians who are already impoverished – subsisting on less than $2 a day. We call on Mr Jonathan to immediately change course. By reverting to the old prices of petroleum products, Mr Jonathan can work to diffuse tension in the country and exemplify the true servant leader who not only serves but also listens to his people. To insist on having his way, and to deploy state security and legal apparatus to crush growing popular uprisings is to stamp on a highly valued tenet of democracy – the right to peaceful assembly – and to inadvertently promote greater violence in the country.

Mr Jonathan’s administration has made a persuasive case that a few highly connected Nigerians have corruptly profited from fuel subsidy. The government should swiftly bring to justice those corrupt profiteers as well as the bureaucrats who aid and abet their unconscionable parasitic activities and economic sabotage.

We acknowledge President Jonathan’s recent announcement of 25 per cent cut in the basic salaries of political office holders. But we believe that the move merely scratches the indefensible bloated salaries and allowances paid to Nigerian political officials. The president should also champion significant cuts in the huge cost of running the various tiers of government and the luxuries that have become the signature of those who ought to protect the commonwealth, serve the people, and not exploit them. Besides, the culture of corruption and impunity in official quarters constitutes a grave threat to national security and to the country’s effort to establish a democratic culture and meaningful economic development.

Nigeria needs a return to relative calm to enable its people, and the Jonathan administration in particular, to focus on the task of combating the incubus of corruption, poverty and home-grown terrorism.

Signed by

Chinua Achebe                                   

Okey Ndibe

Nduka Otiono

Helon Habila

Akin Adesokan

Pius Adesanmi

Tess Onwueme

Obiora Udechukwu

Yinka Tella

Richard Ali

Chiji Akoma

Paul Ugor

Tolu Ogunlesi

Samantha Iwowo

Idowu Ohioze

Offiong Bassey

Chido Onumah

Bunmi Aborisade

Omolade Adunbi

Mahmud Obeamata

Mahmud Aminu

Nasr Kura

Gimba Kakanda

Obioma Nnaemeka

Sonala Olumhense

Ikhide Ikheola

Isidore Okpewho

E.C. Osondu

Ogaga Ifowodo

Mike Nwosu

Herbert Ekwe Ekwe

Chimalum Nwankwo

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Ebenezer Obadare

Ahmed Maiwada

Madina Shehu

Hussein Abdu

Auwal Musa Rafsanjani



  1. Favour peters

    January 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    A wise talk indeed.evn if d subsidy b removed,it shud nt b now,he shud allow people 2 bcom resilient afta much xmas xpenditure,he shud handle d case of insecurity first b4 any oda tin cos it s life ist if not,he is not a gud leader.

  2. Watersamuel

    January 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Whenever people in their right senses talk,solutions surface,which way Nigerian,all i know is when it starts jonathan&d rest will pick race 2 exile.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in News in Nigerian Newspapers Today

To Top