BY LAWRENCE ETIM.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the federal government to tell Nigerians the reasons for the ongoing fuel scarcity which the party says has compounded the pains Nigerians already go through and thereby bedeviling the nation.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the fact that the scarcity has persisted put a lie to the government’s position that the long queues at filling stations were caused by panic buying.
It said the queues that have been witnessed in Lagos and other major cities in recent days are the longest and the most chaotic in Nigeria in recent years, and have shown that the situation is not just due to panic buying but a consequence of a more serious problem.
‘’The truth is that ordinary Nigerians are suffering the consequences of the runway corruption in our country’s oil sector, much as the government would want the citizens to believe otherwise. With huge funds unaccounted for by the NNPC, the so-called subsidy shrouded in secrecy and those who robbed the nation blind under the guise of fuel subsidy walking free, it was just a matter of time for the country to witness the kind of scarcity that has now grounded socio-economic activities across the land,” APC said.
‘’We know that this Federal Government lacks credibility and has consistently lied to Nigerians on various issues affecting them, and we urge it to come clean for once on the reasons for this fuel scarcity and also step up efforts to end it.
According to the party, a government that has been boasting of uninterrupted supply of fuel as an achievement “has now lost perhaps the main feather in its cap due to massive corruption, dwindling resources due to unprecedented looting of the commonwealth and blatant incompetence.”