Elder statesman and Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, has said the current fuel scarcity and economic hardship being experienced across the country were inherited but that with patience and cooperation by Nigerians, the situation will be ameliorated.
Alhaji Sule, who made this position known in a chat with journalists in Abuja on Sunday night amid rumors of his passing away, said those that were blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the current problems are not fair to him or the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, because the administration is yet to complete a year in office.
“Let us be honest to ourselves, is the current administration responsible for the woes and ills we are suffering at the moment? They inherited them, this administration has been there for about only one year. And one good thing is that it is doing something to address the problems it met on ground”, he said
The Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations explained that the problem in the oil sector could not be resolved overnight due to the technical nature of the sector, adding that instead of apportioning blames, politicians and other well-meaning Nigerians should join hands and help address the problems.
According to Sule, it would take time and pain to resolve the chronic wound that Nigeria had suffered for a long period of time.
He, therefore, enjoined all Nigerians to pray for the success of the Buhari administration.
“It is like having a chronic wound and you want it to heal, to wash it, is painful; scrap it, is equally painful; applying medicine is painful also, but unless you experience those pains, the wound will not heal.
“We are experiencing some pains no doubt but after these pains there will be ease. So with patience and prayers, there will be light at the end of the tunnel”, he said.
“I was told that the government is meeting with the major oil marketers and independent oil marketers in order to look for a lasting solution at the downstream oil sector. I am glad that this is happening and if it’s not, I urge the government to do so”.
“I was also informed that fuel has arrived Lagos and it will soon be distributed to all parts of the country; I hope that will be sustained”, he urged.