Former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiohmole has joined the masses in lamenting the nation’s fuel scarcity after paying N1,000 for a litre.
Recalls that the price of fuel at the pump has been rising in several parts of Nigeria for several weeks. Queues have also resurfaced at filling stations, with many customers paying N500 or more for a litre.
Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, lamented the crisis, saying he recently purchased the product at an exorbitant price during one of his campaign tours.
“On one occasion, I ran out of fuel and I had to pay N1,000 for a litre. Now, that is not funny! Somebody is responsible for that,” he said when he featured on Channels Television’s election programme The 2023 Verdict on Sunday.
“As we speak, we are spending almost N7 trillion. The minister of finance spoke to the fact that we are spending about N7 trillion for fuel subsidy and yet most Nigerians found themselves paying much more than what the market rate would be and yet we have the Petroleum Equalisation Fund,” Oshiomhole added. “So, people are responsible for this.”
He said fuel scarcity is not peculiar to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, describing the development as a “perennial problem”.
“But that does not make it acceptable,” he said.
Oshiomhole, who equally spoke about the naira note redesign and swap policy, described them as deceptive and a ploy to truncate the elections.
“You could see that the intention of the Bank is not to eliminate abuses but to stop the elections from taking place,” he said.
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