Nigeria is a peculiar country. If swearing works, many of our lawmakers would be crippled and covered with boils by now. We sure know how to shower curses of all kinds on them and families especially during hardship such as fuel scarcity.
My sister thought it was really hard in Ibadan, commercial vehicles are doubly expensive, so are groceries. She managed to get some petrol today for ₦300/litre.
My father in Osun echoed the same, it is really hard he said. He managed to get some fuel for his motorcycle for ₦200/litre today. He spent time talking about the long queue as fuel was only in a couple of stations.
My cousin in Jos was convinced this is the worse fuel scarcity she has ever witnessed. She noticed it more because her little enterprise has suffered a bit as people are very cautious on their spending, but she is doing okay.
Well, what I have found in Nigeria is that this time also will pass and if this problem is not tackled from the source, fuel scarcity will happen, again and again.
To my knowledge this is not the worse in the history of Nigeria fuel scarcity – though expensive, and takes long hours of queue at the filling stations but people still get by somehow and vehicles are still on our roads.
We forget easily after ‘patch, patch’ solutions is applied only to keep people quiet a while another sabotage is cooked up.
After 1993 presidential election was annulled, we had a similar situation just before General Babangida stepped down for an interim government Chief Shonekan.
So I reminded my father of 1993 fuel scarcity and how he was surprised that my sister and I walked about 15 miles from town to the village – during that time there was no fuel at all – the little that was available was out of reach even with cash to pay, so people did what they had to do to get to their destinations.
Time has changed now, but what remained the same were the people in power. Many of those that were in power at that time, 20 years ago controlling the nation’s oil blocks are still very much the same set of people as today.
We fear to suffer yet we suffer everyday.
Maybe we can afford to endure more so this problem can be sorted once and for all in the way that would leave us all happy – I mean fix our own refineries and reviews terms and conditions for oil block ownership.