Nigerians seem to be in a long haul as fuel scarcity bites harder with many motorists queuing at filling stations while commuters wait endlessly for the few vehicles on the roads.
The non-availability of petrol has seen Nigerians taken to social media platforms to vent their frustrations and anger at President Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to address the issue.
Emmanuel Ofem in his facebook post said, “in my area it is N200 a litre but I believe change will soon occur ‘cos’ is a gradual process.”
Another facebook post by Ahmed Sani, could not hide his disappointment, stating that, “During GEJ PDP even by Xmas we have fuel…with Buhari as petroleum minister d sector have failed.”
Jamilu Yarima writing from Sokoto posted, “Scarce and #135 per litre. Filling stations do open in d evening. #Sokoto,” while Rabby Ahmed was more accusatory, “Where is the minister of petroleum? What is he saying to this situation? Government of deceit and without direction…No power, no fuel… Someone will be making excuses.”
In the Federal Capital Territory, residents are counting their losses as the fuel scarcity persists despite assurances by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, that there was enough Premium Motor Spirit (otherwise called petrol) to last for the next two weeks.
At bus stops, our correspondents reported that commuters could be seen waiting in large numbers for buses that have gone to queue for fuel.
The few available ones, when they arrive, are scrambled for with some passengers losing their valuables in the bargain.
At the Area 11 bus stop, where those going to Nyanya, Mararaba, Ado and Maska usually board vehicles, one of our correspondents reported large number of people waiting for buses on Friday evening.
At the nearby filling stations of Total and Azman, cars could be seen in long queues, while most part of the road was blocked as some drivers tried to cut corners.
A resident, Udo Okon, said it was unfortunate that so early in the life of the present administration, Nigerians were already in for hard times.
“I can’t understand this change. How can we be suffering barely 6 months into this government? See how many we are here and there are no vehicles as the available ones are looking for petrol,” Okon lamented.
Also, Ms. Grace Pyang, a civil servant living in One-Man Village, said she now pays extra N100, which may go up if the scarcity is not urgently addressed.