The Save Nigeria Anti-corruption Initiative is worried about the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari, to sack the Minister of States for Petroleum and Group Managing Director(GMD) of the Nigerians National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Mr. Ibe Kachukwu, over the persistent fuel scarcity in the country. We are deeply worried by the agonising conditions, that Nigerians have been subjected to in the last coupe of weeks, which has in turn, engendered other severe conditions & grounded our once robust economy into a halt with no ends in sight despite miscalculated policies & utopian promises of the NNPC under the management of Mr. Ibe Kachukwu.
It is not a gainsay that at the inception of this administration,the Federal government have promised to revamp the oil sector,re-organise the NNPC,purge out oil sabouteurs & steady the sector, which remains the adrenaline of our economy. But alas,10 months after,Nigerians are witnessing the most unprecedented fuel scarcity in our 56 yrs history of self-governance.
However,it is disturbing to note that the management of the NNPC under Mr. Kachukwu, has been running from pillar to posts with counter-productive measures & cascading policies to ameliorate the situation for adequate supply of fuel to Nigerians without an iota of success as filling stations are now Nigerians second abode.
In the last ten months,Nigerians have been denied opportunities of celebrating their holidays namely Sallah,Christmas,New Year & Easter festivities as Mr. Ibe Kachikwu’s promises of adequate supply never materialised,forcing Nigerians to spend their holidays on queues, as it has now graduated to a daily basis struggle to purchase to purchase fuel.
We cannot quickly forget the attempt by Mr. Kachikwu to insult the sensibilities of Nigerians few days ago wyen he asked Nigerians to wait till May before steady supply as he’s not a magician!
As Nigerians continue to experience this untold hardship, it is our strong view that it is a symptom of gross incompetence and chronic laziness, for Mr. Ibe Kachukwu to continue his blame game, without considering other measures to sustain our consumptive economic pattern which is premised on adequate supply of fuel nationwide without bureaucratic excuses.
Our problems are not the result of global economic cycles;our problems are the results of counter-productive national paradigms & self-limiting frameworks of the State, which has placed incompetent hands like Mr. Kachikwu in such sensitive positions as the GMD of the NNPC.
We therefore unequivocally demand that President Buhari should sack Mr. Kachukwu and also appoint independently, a new Group Managing Director for the NNPC, in the overriding interest of the suffering people of Nigeria.
In conclusion, we wish to remind Minister Ibe Kachikwu that children can be pardoned for been afraid of darkness;but it’s unpardonable for adults to be afraid of light. Nigerians are tired of excuses and now is the time to take a bow!
Comrade Olufemi Lawson.
Mallam Tanko Usman