Buhari says those behind petrol shortage will be penalized

President Muhhamadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said all those behind the ongoing petrol crisis that subjected Nigerians to untold hardships in the past three weeks will be punished.

He vows they will regret doing so, and that his administration will prevent a repeat of such petrol crisis.

Buhari who spoke on the issue in a New Year broadcast, regarded the nationwide petrol crisis as a blackmail of all Nigerians.

The president said he is disturbed that some Nigerians chose the yuletide period, which is a season of love, compassion and charity, to create such a crisis.

He is worried that several people could not travel home for Christmas, while those who made the trip paid outrageous transport fare.

Meanwhile, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it is now targetting states outside Abuja and Lagos, in increasing supply of petrol to end fuel queue at filling stations nationwide

NNPC group managing director, Doctor Maikanti Baru, who gives this indication, says the states are being targetted by the corporation, after ending the fuel queue in Lagos and Abuja.

Baru explains that petrol supply to the states is being increased to normalise supply nationwide.

For instance, the NNPC chief says about 1,735 truck load of petrol are being pumped from the country’s coastal and strategic inland fuel depots daily, instead of the usual 700 trucks to clear the queue at filling stations.

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