PROTEST LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF PETROLEUM
The Minister of Petroleum
President Muhammadu Buhari
ATTENTION: GMD NNPC
AN OPEN PROTEST LATER ON THE COVER-UP OF THE LINGERING FUEL SCARCITY
The OurMumuDonDo movement is a pro-masses group and a body of the common man representing angry and hungry Nigerians who have hopelessly suffered the excruciating pain of poor governance and the spiral effect of the mismanaged fuel situation all over the country.
We are deeply worried and saddened by the fact that the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) and other government stakeholders in the energy sector could actually find an immediate cosmetic solution to the long fuel queues in Abuja within 48 hours last weekend, because of the ongoing International Petroleum Summit, in order to look good before some foreigners, while the queues can return after their departure.
But we have come to let you know that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not limited to Abuja alone and that millions of citizens are still struggling to get fuel at exorbitant prices in different parts of the country. Since our government at home lacks the capacity to solve this problem, we will want your friends and partners to greatly enlighten you on how a supposedly global producer of oil like ours can meet local needs in the face of insufficient refineries.
For more than three months, Nigerians have been hopelessly enduring the deleterious effects of this galloping and dragging fuel crisis which has painfully caused arbitrary increases in the price of commodities, hikes in the cost of transportation, and avoidable wastage of man-hours, including sapping the poor energy of commuters who are queuing daily at petrol stations.
As the Minister of Petroleum, your inability to put an end to this problem, is an obvious failure that has come to define your government which promised an elephant during the campaigns but has delivered less than a mouse in almost three years. Unfortunately, the people had sadly and tirelessly kept faith with the administration hoping that a solution would be proffered to the crisis, but to no avail.
We are seriously displeased that you, Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and the NNPC Managing Director, Maikanti Baru have failed consistently and are unable to solve this problem. This is unacceptable to Nigerians and Nigerians cannot continue in this suffering and sweating.
Consequently, we condemn the deceit and apathy that have been repeatedly displayed toward the suffering masses by this administration; we demand that you should immediately quit as the substantive Petroleum Minister and urgently appoint competent hands who could solve this problem.
We at the OurMumuDonDo Movement will not relent in compelling your administration to find a permanent solution to the current fuel crisis and put an end to the sufferings of the Nigerian people across the country. Government is about solving problems, so we maintain that those who lack the capacity to solve our problems have no business in government.
Time has, therefore, come for the Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Nigerian Bar Association, youth groups, other civil society organizations and pro-masses stakeholders to leave their comfort zones and come out to speak truth to power. This is the time for them to demonstrate their mandate to defend the people.
It is unacceptable that the government and its agents would use deceptive strategy and propaganda to normalize the scarcity, while Nigerians are buying fuel at cut-throat prices in different states. Our Mumu Don Do.
FOR: Concerned Nigerians
Ariyo Dare Atoye
For: Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy
Bako Abdul Usman
For: Campaign For Democracy
FOR: MAD Connect