Fuel stations as new bedrooms for Nigerians


Man sleeping in queue at the fuel stations

Sir:In the past few weeks, Nigerians have been sleeping in fuel stations. Transport fares have doubled, the traffic has tripled and the frustrations and despair of Nigerians have quadrupled. The government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari who incidentally is the Minister of Petroleum, has been dilly-dallying on resolving the fuel crisis.

Unfortunately, the Minister of State for Petroleum and the GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is a technocrat that never keeps promises.

He even told Nigerians that he is not a magician. In other words, to provide fuel for Nigerians is rocket science! To rub salt on the injury, there is no power while the slithering and biting heat makes the fuel station a comfy place to sleep before Nigerians are suffocated by the heat in their homes.

Nigerians have experienced fuel scarcity since the inception of democratic rule in 1999. But, it has never been as ‘bad’ as this, even if the country consumes 39.66 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). Perhaps, this is the time to find a permanent and lasting solution to a problem that has refused to go away.

Now, the citizenry is questioning the change they voted. They do not really like the democratic Buhari but they want the man that ruled Nigeria between December 11 , 1983, and August 27, 1985. A General who was ruthless, brutal and merciless in his quest to instill discipline in Nigerians.
The General who sent agents to London to kidnap Umaru Dikko, a close ally of Shehu Shagari. Sadly, the ex-General has indeed repented because he is now a ‘reformed Democrat’.

For now, Nigerians hope that the siege laid to the petrol stations will end soon, so that they can go home to have a proper sleep. Imagine the cycle – work, heat, traffic, and fuel on daily basis. Nigerians are indeed resilient people! Kudos to the Nigerian spirit!
Ayuba Fowoke,

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