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Fuel Scarcity: Nigerians want Buhari to resign as Petroleum Minister

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Following the excruciating fuel situation in the country, some Nigerians have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as Petroleum Minister while others urged him to deal decisively with all those responsible for the current scarcity.

Replying to a Christmas Day message from President Muhammadu Buhari on his twitter handle @MBuhari, some of them either called on the President to resign or sack any of his appointees responsible for the ongoing hardship.

President Buhari on Christmas Day wrote on his handle: “I wish all Nigerians Happy Christmas celebrations.

“As I noted yesterday, the fuel scarcity that has caused many of you to spend this period on fuel queues is deeply regretted. All relevant agencies of Government are working round-the-clock to bring relief to you

But his message was greeted with negative replies, some calling for his resignation as Petroleum Minister and others urging him to reshuffle his cabinet and take on more productive ministers.

They urged President Buhari to quickly do something to redeem his government and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in line with all its campaign promises.

A twitter user, Victor Lawal, with handle @Vlawal, said that the President should stop apologising for the long queue occasioned by petrol scarcity and sack non-performing appointees.

“Oga please stop giving excuse. Who have you fired? The #FuelScarcity is primarily a failure of your government and until heads roll, I have stopped taking you seriously. No difference between you and previous governments.

 Augustine Okonji with twitter handle @kongees said “Sir, can you ask the Petroleum Minister to resign?  That will be our Christmas 🎅 present”.

Replying Okonji, another user, James Okene said “not just to resign but also sack the one that appointed the minister”.

In his response, Muhammad Bashir @Bashirboy said, “Baba there’s nothing to celebrate.  The inflation, unemployment or the fuel scarcity? This hardship is too much for Nigerians. Please step off with your ambition to run for presidency again. It’d be the best for you, ur health and Nigerians as well. We need fresh blood. Thanks”.

For Charles Ameh, with twitter handle @engrameh, he believed that the only solution to the problem of scarcity of petrol was for there to be consequences for failures.

He wrote: “How can the country move forward when there is never consequence for failure and ineptitude? How many Ministers have really delivered in their role?

“Under your government, the consequence for failure is to keep the job and keep failing. This is shameful.

Another user who goes by the name Process Advocate on twitter also reiterated that there was need for non-performing employees and appointees of the president to be sacked.

She wrote: Baba we voted for you to change the way things are done in NIG. You have indolent and incompetent array of staff, but can’t change them. Your appointees mess your govt up but it’s ok by you. No price for incalculable damage they do. We can no longer defend these.

For another user Oluwatobi John, he prayed the President to make the agencies work by setting up effective rewards and punishment systems.

Sir, please make these agencies work. Let’s have true consequence or reward system in this country. Some persons are responsible for our pains at the moment, so let us see someone or some individuals punished for these troubles.

A user identified as A. A Sadiq stressed that those responsible for the scarcity should be severely punished to serve as a deterrent to forestall a recurrence.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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