Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party,
Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday expressed concern over indications that fuel
scarcity might hit motorists and other Nigerians hard in the period
leading to Christmas.
But Anenih in a statement in Abuja expressed confidence that President
Muhammadu Buhari has the capacity to stop the recurrent fuel crisis, which
always rears its ugly head during Christmas period and other major
He said: “Reports have indicated that there are vehicles queuing at fuel
stations across the country for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), due to
scarcity of the product.
“This has become characteristic, especially in December when Christmas
time beckons. Successive governments have had their fair share of the
problem. I believe that something must be wrong somewhere.”
He stated that Nigerians desire hitch-free Christmas and New Year
celebrations, pointing out that fuel scarcity would make that impossible.
“In the recent past months, fuel had been readily available at filling
stations nationwide and we thought the advent of fuel scarcity at
Christmas had gone for good,” he said.
According to Anenih, “Whatever is the problem, I call on the federal
government under His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to urgently
address it in the interest of the masses of the country who already have
enough challenges to contend with.
“I have no doubt that President Buhari, as former Federal Commissioner of
Petroleum and current Minister of Petroleum, has the capacity to stop the
recurrent fuel crisis.
“Therefore, whatever needs to be done to restore the product supply should
be done as quickly as possible and appropriate measures put in place to
forestall future recurrence.
“This is the expectation of all well-meaning Nigerians and, in my view,
it is not too much to ask from our dear President, who has demonstrated
over and again that his word is his bond.”