Fuel Scarcity: The Truth is Bitter, Accept it - Buhari Defends Kachikwu

President Buhari who spoke yesterday on the current situation of fuel scarcty in Nigeria gave support to Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who at the weekend came under heavy criticism by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over comments relating to the current fuel scarcity across the federation, Greennews reports.

Kachikwu, who is also the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was reported to have said that he could not perform magic in solving the problem of fuel scarcity , a statement Tinubu considered insensitive and insulting to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
But the Presidency yesterday rose in defence of Kachikwu , saying the minister was speaking the truth when he said that Nigerians would have to wait till May for the scarcity to go away.

Meanwhile, the Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Channels Television programme: “Sunday Politics,” yesterday said the minister should not be crucified for telling Nigerians the truth.
He pointed out that Nigerians were unhappy with the statement credited to the minister because they wanted him to perform magic which would make the commodity readily available in two weeks.

Adesina, further stressed that the truth which Nigerians should accept was that it would take weeks before the scarcity would go away.
Also speaking in defence of Kachikwu, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, wonders why Kachikwu took the job in the first place.
Okupe on his Facebook account wrote: “The minister of State for Petroleum is a Nigerian I know by reputation only. When he was appointed I actually wondered why on earth will a man in his exalted international position and pedigree come into the murky arena of the Nigerian oil business. It can only be patriotism.”
While some believed that Kachikwu’s criticism by Tinubu is good for democracy, others are of the opinion that it is purely politics and there is more to it.

Source: Greennews.ng

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