The governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, released another one of his criticisms against Pres. Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday. This time his argument was that the current fuel scarcity across the country is a deliberate plot by the federal government to justify a planned increase of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from the current N145 to N185.
We can’t debate the governor’s point as his allegation is without source.
However there was a part of Fayose’s statement in which he was absolutely on point.
“Funny enough, instead of directing its anger to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the Minister of Petroleum, on December 7, 2017, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) choose to give the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu seven days ultimatum to end the fuel scarcity,” Fayose said. “Today is December 17, exactly ten days after the misplaced ultimatum was given, the situation has even gotten worse.”
Now here’s the point: The current fuel scarcity is wholly and completely on Pres. Buhari. Not just because he is the President, but because he doubles as the minister of Petroleum Resources – a position which he has been advised to relinquish countless times.
It is an anomaly that Buhari chooses to hold onto the title of minister, and yet the buck for the failures of the ministry are passed on to the minister of state, Ibe Kachikwu. So what then is the senior minister’s responsibility and liability?
So yeah, on the matter of who to blame between Buhari and Kachikwu, only one answer is correct. And Fayose is right.
While we are on the topic: It’s important to point out that every single deadline given by the administration to end the scarcity has passed with the situation unchanged. Plenty cause for concern.