nigeria president buhari apologizes to countrymen over power and petrol shortage

Nigeria: President Buhari apologizes to countrymen over power and petrol shortage

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has extended apologies to the people of the country over the recent economic crisis that led to a shortage of fuel and power grid failures. The apology by the leader of Nigeria comes after the country has been plunged into weeks of fuel scarcity and power crisis, thereby overwhelming the West African country. The people across Nigeria, during past weeks, were forced to stand in long queues at fuel stations for their turn to get some respite. The crisis has majorly impacted multiple small businesses and households in Nigeria.

In the apology statement issued on Twitter on Wednesday, the Nigerian President said that he “deeply regret the inconvenience caused Nigerians, following a prolonged shortage of petroleum products…”

Earlier this week, energy crisis was further worsened by nationwide power grid failure. Till date many people in the country are complaining of still not having access to electricity as the crisis continues. This is despite the power distribution companies giving assurances of monitoring the situation, its cause and rectifying the problem as soon as possible. President Buhari said in his statement that his administration is well aware that “the fuel shortage has placed a strain on Nigerian citizens and businesses.”

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Apologizing to the entire country, President Buhari promised of addressing the issue at the earliest. He said in the statement, “I especially apologise to all sections of society for this. The government is working round the clock to attend to this issue. An action plan agreed upon earlier this month is being implemented to address the scarcity.”

“Working together with the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), this plan is now bearing fruit.”

The West African country is the largest producer of oil in Africa. But because its oil refineries are not operating to full capacity, crude oil is exported and refined products are imported in the country. Imported fuel shortage began last month after steps were taken to isolate millions of litres of adulterated fuel that was already in the market. Furthermore, Nigeria generates too little electricity to suffice its population of over 200 million. The shortage has been worst since Buhari came into power about seven years ago.