The giant basket of Africa is on her knees. Why a giant basket you ask? Despite all the resources God has given us and an adult population speculatively between 70 to 100 million which should manifest in the form of common sense, the country is leaking and cannot hold anything in. I am talking about the fuel situation. I am glad that the fuel marketers have managed to see how destructive their actions are. Not only have they shut out the citizenry, they are also shutting themselves out. When their phones no longer work, and their banks no longer work, they will realise that they have also failed themselves even if they are able to power their houses 24 hours a day with diesel. The only phone company i suspect wont be affected is Glo, because of the relationship with Conoil.
Hospitals are not exempt from this problem either. They have no fuel to power their ambulances, neither do they have power to run the hospitals. People are dying from simple situations, and you are simply left wondering how any of this makes sense. There are a few issues that come to light, the marketers are selfish people, our government is even more self-serving, and we need to diversify our sources of energy. There is no reason why anybody should die because of lack of electricity or lack of generator power in this day and age. The government should open the borders and allow stuff to be driven in from Togo and anywhere else looking to sell fuel. Our lives matter.
All the marketers involved in this scandal – the top management’s passports should be seized for starters – this is deliberate sabotage against a nation – it should be a treason trial. The ones without petrol stations should be banned from ever importing petroleum products into Nigeria in the next five years at a minimum. Only marketers with filling stations should be allowed to import products for retail. Finally Buhari has made a statement on the whole saga, even though he did not explicitly say it, it can be inferred from his statement that there are no plans to pay out any sort of subsidy going forward. As for Jonathan and his cohorts; in one month or less, your sins against the Nigerian people has been multiplied. All their passports should be seized, these people should not be allowed to go anywhere, but remain here in Nigeria for a minimum another two years.
Below are some notices from several service providers.
I read on the internet that Capital Oil has chosen to pull out of the strike. Has anyone been able to buy fuel of any kind from them? If yes, how long did it take you?
I hear they are selling petrol freely in Lome, Togo. Is anybody going?
I predict one helluva week this week- i hear 3rd mainland bridge was free on a monday morning. I live in a serviced building and instead of 12 hours of guaranteed light a day – Generator, we are down to about 7 hours through the night. I am not sure how long the inverter will last, as our electric Disco has not given us light in almost 2 weeks now, and God knows how much diesel is left to be rationed. We are literally stuck in the stone ages. I am hoping and praying i wont have to stay up at night to complete my work for the week as i have two jobs due this week.
My fellow Nigerians, how are you coping?