THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop punishing Nigerians with the biting fuel scarcity now ravaging many parts of the country at a time many Nigerians are travelling for the yuletide.
This was as the main opposition party challenged the President, as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, to find a quick solution to the long queues at petrol stations.
The PDP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja, insisted that it was wrong for the President to sit in his comfort zone and put the blames of the fuel scarcity at the doorsteps of marketers, while Nigerians continue to suffer untold hardship.
According to the statement, “The unbearable fuel situation in the country is completely unacceptable. Mr. President must become up and doing. He should not allow anybody to push him to claim that the issue of fuel scarcity is not under the purview of the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
“When he took office as President of Nigeria and also as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, he was aware that the buck stops at his table.
“Nigerians must not be made to suffer especially at this time of the year when we have the Yuletide and New Year festivities, which come with a lot of activities.
“This is the same APC government that promised that it will make fuel available and affordable. Today, under their deceitful and corrupt watch, fuel has not only become extremely scarce, the price has also risen from where the PDP left it at N86.50k per litre to as high as N300 per litre and above.”
Ologbondiyan said that the effect of the current fuel crisis was already taking its toll on Nigerians, adding that prices of goods had gone beyond their reach.
“The effect is that transport fares, running costs, prices of food, medicines and other basic needs have soared beyond the reach of Nigerians, who are now groaning heavily under the hardship of APC misrule,” the statement read.