Fuel Scarcity: It’s Not New, We Have Faced Similar Challenges Before Buhari — Presidency Fires Back At Nigerians
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the challenges being faced by Nigerians on Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, was not new in Nigeria.
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Nigerians have been having a hard time buying the commodity after contaminated petrol was imported into the country by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited in February.
Recall that oil marketers estimated that about 100 million litres of contaminated petrol were imported into Nigeria and had been recalled by the Pipelines Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the NNPC.
The recall caused severe queues in Abuja, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa and many other states, as the few petrol outlets that dispensed products were crowded by motorists and other PMS users.
Many other filling stations had been shut down for lack of products to sell, while black marketers greeted various major roads in Abuja, Lagos selling products to interested consumers at higher prices.
But reacting to the crisis, Adesina said that Nigerians faced similar challenges before the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari adding that the fuel crisis had been a recurrent event in the country.
The presidential spokesman disclosed this in an article titled, ‘Knock, Knock. Who’s There’, and shared on his official Facebook page on Thursday, adding that Nigerians had slept in petrol stations queuing for fuel on several occasions.
The article read in part, “It’s obviously not the easiest of times in our country currently, with severe fuel scarcity exacerbating the other existential challenges we have been coping with. In some areas, there’s no fuel, no electricity, thus translating to the severe energy crisis.”
While admitting that the fuel crisis had worsened the living conditions of Nigerians, Adesina noted that the Buhari regime was working assiduously to restore normalcy.
“There were cases of bad fuel before in this country. We slept for days, weeks on end at petrol stations, queuing for fuel. We survived. We will survive again. Las las.
“President Muhammadu has promptly approved the sum of $8.5m for the evacuation of Nigerians in Ukraine. Good. That’s what a responsible father does to family members in distress. He’s also working night and day, ensuring the country has fuel, power, infrastructure, and all the good things of life.
“I’ve come to knock and ring and tap on your door today, to remind you that it is not all doom and gloom in our country. However overcast the sky is, there’s always a shimmer of light.”
“Fuel crisis will come and go. The energy crisis will be resolved. Nigerians who appreciate good things will be made happy progressively,” Adesina said.