After Buhari’s new year message, fuel queues resurfaces; Nigerians react

by AljazirahNigeria | January 12, 2018 10:31 am

By Yemi Esho, Abuja

Nigerians have expressed their anger over the return of fuel queues in Abuja few days into the New Year. President Muhammadu Buhari in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians had promised to deal with any group of persons or individuals who he said are sabotaging his government’s efforts at ensuring adequate supply of petroleum products across the country.

AljazirahNigeria recalls that the Presidency had on January 2, 2018, met with stakeholders in the oil sector over the constant fuel scarcity in the country. The marketers met with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, on how to put a stop to fuel crisis especially during the festive season.

President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast said,” “I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again. Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship, and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.”

Nigerians are however worried about the slow pace of Buhari’s government in taking decisive steps to ameliorate the sufferings of the masses. Petrol which officially sells at the official pump price of N145 per liter sold as high as N350 to N500 per liter in different parts of the country. They expressed disappointment that the government which came on the mantra of change to alleviate the poverty in the land has yet to achieve anything with almost three years in the saddle.

Motorists who spoke to AljazirahNigeria at the Total Filling Station which is adjacent to the Police Headquarters and Azman Filling Station at Area 11 called on President Buhari to sit up or ship out to allow a for a more competent and committed leader to take over in 2019.

“I am highly disappointed in this government. They came on the mantra of change with high expectations from Nigerians. But we are still where we were more than two years ago. Nigerians especially parents are feeling the pains as we cannot meet the immediate needs of our family. We cannot pay our rent because the economy has nosedived. While the government officials and the President can afford all the basic needs of life by virtue of their positions, most Nigerians are wallowing in abject poverty and are in pains, a motorist who simply gave his name as Paul toldAljazirahNigeria.

A civil servant who pleaded anonymity said it is high time Nigerians took their destinies in their hands by voting out leaders who they believe have not added value to their lives at different levels of government. He said the current set of leaders have failed Nigerians.

He said, “My joy is that 2019 is around and I want to appeal to Nigerians to partake in the continuous voters’ registration, collect their permanent voters’ card (PVC) and flush out incompetent leaders. See what the country has been turned into by senseless killings here and there. We have lost it as a nation and we need to start all over again and 2019 could be a fresh start for us.”

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