Persistent fuel scarcity: Northern youths want Buhari resign as petroleum minister

Persistent fuel scarcity: Northern youths want Buhari resign as petroleum minister

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Godwin Ekosin

Northern  youths under the auspices of Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), have demanded immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari as petroleum minister to end persistent fuel crisis in the country.

This was contained in a statement signed by President of NYCN,  Isah Abubakar, copy of which was made available to media in Kaduna on Monday.

According to Abubakar,  Mr. President should resign as Petroleum Minister and appoint a substantive minister of petroleum resources for effective service delivery.

The statement read: “President Buhari should appoint a Group Managing Director for Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and relief the minister of state for petroleum resources of double appointment.

“We realize that since Mr. President pronouncement of himself as Substantive Minister of Petroleum, the situation and availability of petroleum products especially that of premium motor spirit (PMS) in the market as become difficult,  indicating total failure on the part of Mr President as the Minister of petroleum resource and Ibe Kachikwu as Minister of State and GMD of NNPC.

“We demand that Mr. President hire a competent hand to handle the ministry and appoint a new GMD for NNPC as this will enable effectiveness and productivity in the ministry and agency.

“We understand that your administration has good intention for the masses and the country but the scarcity of petroleum products in the market have inflate more pains on us as a people.

“The cost of transportation, food items and other essential household commoditities had drastically increase.”

Abubakar however threatened massive protest if the situation persist mire than reasonable time.

“We wish to emphatically state that if this condition persist, Nigeria Youth will not hesitate to mobilize ourselves across the country for massive protest, this we believed will shutdown the economy of the country as we are already in consultation with other civil society organization to map out effective National protest,” he concluded.

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