The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who had insisted that the fuel scarcity across parts of the country would linger till May, in a dramatic u-turn on Tuesday, pleaded with Nigerians as he assured that the long queues in the country’s petrol stations would disappear on Monday, April 7, 2016.
The Petroleum minister, who doubles as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made this known when he appeared before the Senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream) over the fuel scarcity ravaging the country.
The Minister said: “By 6th or 7th April, the long queues in filing stations would disappear.”
Kachikwu also apologized to Nigerians over his statement that the biting fuel scarcity will linger till May.
It will be recalled, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu had blasted Kachikwu for telling Nigerians that he “was not trained as a magician”, a reference to the lingering fuel scarcity that appears to be defying efforts of the NNPC.
Tinubu, who was apparently angered by Kachikwu’s seeming lack of empathy and manifest arrogance, said he believed a member of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government “has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration.”
Angered by Tinubu’s criticism on Kachikwu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lambasted Tinubu, saying he lacks the moral right to criticise the minister knowing the role he played in the emergence of the APC-led Federal Government.
Also, in quick defence of the petroleum minister, the spokesperson for the president, Mr Femi Adesina pleaded with Nigerians not to crucify the minister for telling the truth.