Nigeria in Pain: Ethnic Youth Leaders Blame NNPCL for Fuel Scarcity

The Coalition of Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders in Nigeria have expressed anger over the worsening fuel scarcity in the country.

It could be recalled that the youths, under the aegis of Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Council Worldwide had slammed a one-week resignation ultimatum on the General Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, NNPCL, Mele Kyari.

However, with the ultimatum ended today, Kyari remains in office as the NNPCL helmsman.

This is also as fuel scarcity has spread across the country, with long queues being witnessed at the few filling stations dispensing the product.

Angered by the worsening situation, the youth leaders told President Bola Tinubu that they were running out of patience.

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In a statement made available to journalists by Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the Publicity Secretary of the group, they urged President Tinubu to save the Nigerian masses from more sufferings.

Okwu said it was unacceptable that Nigerians would continue to spend man-hours at petrol stations even with all the assurance that came with subsidy removal.

The youths said “it is inconceivable that fuel scarcity has returned to Nigeria, even on a large scale, to such an extent that workers find it difficult to go to work.

“Those who manage to join the long queues spend hours daily and end up not even getting the product. This is no longer acceptable; the youths and indeed all Nigerians are running out of patience.

“We once again urge President Bola Tinubu to relieve the NNPCL GMD, Mele Kyari of his appointment.

“As today, the NNPCL remains the sole-importer of petrol and has also remained a cog in the wheel of local refining of the product.”

“The time has come for the government to rise up to the occasion and give an attitude suggestive of the belief in some quarters that it was not concerned about the sufferings of the Nigerian masses.

“Kyari and his entire team should be disbanded as a matter of urgency and a new team capable of bringing in the needed reforms brought on board.

“This is the only way to regain the people’s confidence on the government,” the group declared.

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