By Bashir Mohammed
Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Kano zone, Alhaji Bashir Ahamed Danmalam has described the assurance given to Nigerians by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu to end fuel scarcity in 48 hours as a hoax designed to shield his failure in running the ministry.
Reacting to the 48-hour assurance given by the minister, Danmalam said such an assurance was a mere figment of the minister’s imagination, just to deceive the most gullible Nigerians and wondered why he was always economical with the truth in dealing with petroleum issues.
According to him, the minister had clearly portrayed himself as one working for the opposition party in the country at the time when every Nigerian was supposed to be kept posted on the real situation of oil on ground, adding that it was foolhardy for one to believe that queues at the nation’s filling stations would just disappear in a jiffy.
He said the business of running the nation’s petroleum sector was fraught with intrigues and all forms of political subterfuge under the leadership of the petroleum minister, positing that the minister lacked the audacity to arrest the lingering fuel scarcity under the period he assured.
“From the way things are taking bad shape in the country as far as the petroleum sector is concerned, Kachikwu has failed the litmus test of all Nigerians in steering the ship of the sector . He is only playing to the gallery on addressing fundamental issues affecting the sector. That is why I perceived his action as a systematic act of sabotage against the federal government.
“He knows himself that he has no magic wand to convince Nigerians that he can address the lingering oil scarcity currently rocking the nation. Nigerians are literate enough to differentiate between reality and fiction. The business of injecting sanity into the petroleum sector requires the temerity and doggedness to face challenging and gruelling obstacles,” he added.
On the current difficulty being encountered by members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association on getting the products from private oil depots without tears, the IPMAN chairman maintained that oil bought from the private depots was too expensive as it was against the stipulated official price of between N133 and N134m lamenting that the depot owners sold every litre at N143 or N145