The Christmas period has not been all rosy for Nigerians following an acute fuel shortage which has hindered many people’s travel plans.
Motorists in major towns have decried the situation, with most filling stations turning them away for lack of the commodity.
The fuel shortage has now affected public transport costs, with some regions hit with as much as a triple increase on usual fares.
President Muhammadu Buhari through his twitter handle on Sunday said he sympathized with his countrymen for the situation.
“The fuel scarcity being experienced nationwide is regrettable. I sympathize with all Nigerians,on having to endure needless fuel queues. I’m being regularly briefed, especially on the NNPC’s interventions to ensure that there is enough petrol available during this period & beyond,” he said.
Local media report that the situation has been made worse by brokers, who bought the commodity earlier on and hoarded it, then now sell it at exorbitant prices to the motorists. With no many options, they are forced to buy the fuel at the high prices.
With many seeking to spend their Christmas holiday with their loved ones upcountry or in other towns, this only adds up to the expenditure, which may then become unsustainable.
President @MBuhari on #FuelScarcity: I have the NNPC’s assurance that the situation will improve significantly over the next few days, as new shipments and supplies are distributed across the country. pic.twitter.com/9Zqc0FKf1h
— Govt of Nigeria (@AsoRock) December 24, 2017