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Fuel Scarcity: Apologize or Resign – CAN tells Petroleum Minister

…Says, “Scarcity worsens Nigerians’ suffering. 

…Alleges negligence, incompetence.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Rev. Joseph Hayab

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asserted that, the suffering of Nigerians has further worsened as a result of fuel scarcity and adulteration, asking the Minister of Petroleum and President Muhammadu Buhari to apologize or resign for “not doing enough” to avert the situation.

This was contained in a statement issued Tuesday and signed by Kaduna State Chairman-cum Vice Chairman Northern States’ chapter of the association, Rev. Joseph John Hayab.

Rev. Joseph Hayab said the continued scarcity of fuel in Nigeria and the pains of having adulterated fuel in circulation have further increased the hardship Nigerians are going through for about a month now.

“CAN is worried and wondering, who is responsible for this bad product and scarcity. We are compelled to ask – who is our Minister of Petroleum? What has he and the ministry done to avert and remedy this situation?

“Do the pains we are facing not enough for the minister to make a public apology or honorably resign for not delivering the service Nigerians are yearning to get?

“Nigerians should not continue to suffer due to the negligence and incompetence of people holding public offices. Why should our leaders abuse the patience of our citizens?

“Our citizens are considered to be the most patient people on earth because we have been enduring bad governance, poor service delivery, which has led to deaths that could have been avoided by many family members, friends, and associates,” it stated.

CAN expressed shock that, “As a major oil producer, Nigeria has failed to fix its refineries and find lasting solutions to the challenge of oil subsidy. Our leaders should show pity on hardworking Nigerians, who are spending hours and nights at fuel stations; commuters, who are paying high transport fares and waiting for a long time to get to work and back home after work due to lack of fuel to buy.

“Our power distributions are still poor and many Nigerians depend on fuel to power their generators at home. What a double tragedy on patriotic citizens, who will pay for this unwarranted suffering?

“Nigerians are still battling with insecurity, poverty, and now fuel crisis; and nobody has ever been held responsible for all our pains, sufferings, and the poor services that we are getting. Unless and, till someone takes responsibility to deliver services to citizens or to resign for failure to deliver services to the nation, this evil may not end soon,” it stated.

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