On Monday, opposition political parties under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties regretted that Nigerians are celebrating the 2018 Christmas in pains.

The coalition’s national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement made available to journalists noted that most Nigerians are celebrating the season on empty stomach.

Ugochinyere attributed the situation to what he said are the unbearable economic pains inflicted by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

He urged Nigerians to be steadfast in mobilisation and be prayerful, saying the February 16, 2019 date for the presidential election is their date with destiny.

“The cost of transportation has now gone out of control of the ordinary people. In most instances, it has gone between the 300% – 500% mark.

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“Staple food items are now like luxury to Nigerian families. Rice, yam, maize, vegetable oil, tomatoes, and other basic food ingredients are so expensive that many families are in dire straits now as how to survive this season,” the statement said.

It added: “Worse is that the Federal Government did not make any attempts to pay contractors who they are owing, thereby making it impossible for them to pay their staff their December salaries.

“The Buhari regime has also found it extremely difficult to source for funds to pay civil servants many of whom do not have any idea of how to survive this season.”

The statement decried that “the regime has made many Nigerians lose faith in the only country they call their own,” noting that “millions of Nigerians cannot buy basic food to eat or are stranded and cannot travel to their villages to be with loved ones because of the high cost of transportation”.

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