Nigerian govt says can’t end fuel scarcity now

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu

The Minister of​ State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, on Wednesday said fuel scarcity may persist for two more months as oil produced in the refineries would not be sold but kept in a “strategic reserve”.

Addressing journalists after leading members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to meet with​President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr. Kachikwu said he had no “magic wand” to​ make fuel available overnight.

“One of the training​s ​I did not receive is that of a magician, but I am working very hard to ensure some of these issues go away​,” said Mr. Kachikwu.​

“And let’s be honest, for the five or six months we have been here, NNPC has moved from a 50 per cent importer of products to basically a 100 per cent importer.

“And the 445​,000​ barrels that were allocated was to cover between 50 and 55 percent importation.

“So it ​is quite frankly sheer magic that we even have the amount of product at the stations. We are looking to see how to get foreign exchange input. The president and I discussed extensively on how to get more crude directed at importation.

“His Excellency will rather have less crude but have individuals in the society suffer less with inconveniences than have more crude and have them continue to suffer.

“So we are going to put a new model to enable us increase the pace and actually get (oil) majors as part of the crew of those to bring in more products so that the NNPC will sort of go back to the capacity of what it used to do and the majors will take over the balance of importation.

“So over the next two months, we should see quite frankly a complete elimination of this.

“Our strategy is that whatever is produced in the refineries will not go for sale, we are going to keep them in strategic reserve.

“Because the key problem here is that there is no reserve​.​ ​A​ny​ ​time there is a gap​ ​in​ supply​,​ it goes off.

“So we are going to dedicate the next couple of months to moving all the products that we produce to strategic reserve so that we can pile up reserves in the nation and that will push up the reserves in the nation.

“Believe me, this is giving me and my team sleepless nights and we are working on it and we are committed​ to making this go away, Nigerians should please bear with us​,​” he told journalists after the meeting.

The meeting with the president is coming weeks after oil workers in an industrial action shut down operations of the NNPC for fear of job cuts following an announced restructuring of the corporation.

Mr. Kachikwu, who doubles as managing director of NNPC, said this was the first time the unions were meeting with the president to review some of the concerns in the oil industry to find solutions.

Some of the concerns, he said, included the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), fuel scarcity issue as well as the refineries for which “we are thankful we didn’t sell”.

According to him, the unions are also worried about the utilization of depots as well as all kinds of logistic issues that plague the oil industry.

“They are worried about job loss in the sector arising from the position of majors who feel that the economy​ is giving the rough end of the sticks and then try to whittle down staff.

“And so we are going to be working with the oil majors to ensure that we do not experience the kind of job loss that we are hearing has the potential to occur in the sector​,​” he added.

The national presidents of​ ​NUPENG and PENGASSAN, Igwe Achese and Olabode Johnson,​​ told journalists that Mr. Buhari assured the unions that they would continue to be part of the ongoing​ restructuring in the sector.


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  • Weydem

    Na only 2 months we go wait to get fuel?

    “Even if you give BUHARI 20 years to prepare, it would still be beyond his capacity.

    The complexities and issues involved in ruling a country like Nigeria are huge.

    Leading such a complex country is an intellectual issue and Buhari doesn’t have

    the intellectual capacity to comprehend what it means to govern the country”.

    …………Professor Ben Nwabueze

    (March 16th, 2016)


    Earlier this man said two weeks, what is wrong with this people? APC should please use the formula that was working for diezani/ gej that ensured we had fuel, till their own formula is ready to work, this suffering because of fuel is too much.

    • DD

      That’s exactly what he said. They had earlier eliminated major marketers from importation, but they have to now bring them back due to NNPC’s incapacity.

      They were trying to eliminate corruption, but I agree with you, we have to involve the major marketers in importation until we have 100+% refining capacity.

      • dan

        So Kachukwu, with all his training and experience of the oil industry did not know NNPC doesn’t have the capacity to solely import fuel for Nigerians? If that is the case, then it means Nigerians should be prepared for 4 years suffering in the hands of this ill-prepared, over clueless administration. A week ago this same Kachukwu said the fuel queue will disappear in 2 days, now it is 2 months, haba, we don enter one chance government o!

        • donMe$$i

          God bless you.
          I heard him then too..he said ‘2 days’..which elapsed last week Tuesday!

        • share Idea

          There is nothing I will not hear from APC government. Government refines fuel and send it to strategic reserve and wait for Marketers to import fuel that will be distributed. Nigeria we hail thee

        • Edon B.

          Kachikwu was working strictly on Oga’s instruction to eliminate suppose “corrupt” majors from importation of petroleum product but water don pass garri. Lol.

      • POPPINS

        But shouldn’t that be considered before planning to take out the marketers in the first place? just hope we get out of this soonest.

    • ogechi

      Hope u watch CNN 2days past?!..hope u r aware of d 80bilion dollars returnd by ur Hero,Deziani

      ‘PMB,pls carry go

      • Olusegun Adekoya

        Joker… no be only $80 billion na $80 zillion…una eyes go soon open

      • Anonymous

        Oh Lord! $80 billion? You must be high on some cheap stuff. The woman don’t even have $1million.

      • mbewalu ogodo

        $80 trillion.

  • egoigwe

    Flip Floppers!!!

    • Y. K.


      The problem with this regime is that once it forbade TRUTH and inaugurated a visceral LIAR
      as the Minister of Information; after appointing two [2] indicted financial criminals as Ministers;
      namely RAJI FASHOLA and ROTIMI AMAECHI, it became obvious to thinking people around
      the world that this government is not taking Nigeria anywhere. Top global newspapers like
      Washington Post, New York Times and The Economist, all sounded grave alarm last year.

      All the Buhari government now depends upon is lies-telling by biddable journalists writing for a fee.
      They are paid to hide the full picture, divert attention from the real issues, focus only on PDP and
      generally tell lies everyday of their lives to cover up Muhamadu Buhari’s gross incompetence –
      an incompetence so obvious and sinking Nigeria into pitch darkness with no electricity or water.
      A liberation movement, if it comes to it, must pass through the newsroom of those corrupt media.
      Those corruptly paid journalists enabled Buhari to bring Nigeria down to lowest civilization level.

      • revolutionary


        • Sam Ije

          Yes O. No newspaper in Nigeria ever did any headline of NO WATER, NO ELECTRICITY, NO PETROL IN NIGERIA. I am still in shock. I don’t believe journalists can be this crooked and dishonest. They can’t even tell simple truth which the whole world can see in Nigeria. No newspaper ever put that topic on headline in Nigeria. They are waiting for New York Times to say what is going on in Nigeria. Then the corrupt journalists will now say CULLED FROM NEW YORK TIMES IN AMERICA. Idiots! Are they supposed to cull anything happening to them in their own bedroom where rats are chasing most of these journalists around in the night like thieves? Fools! They want to cull it from New York Times!

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Kachikwu no doubt knows his onions and understands and appreciates what he is talking about,also his relationship,trust and confidence from the unions seems unprecedented but lessons must be learnt by him andespecially his boss which is that you must remember that you dont have a magic wand when you recklessly promise change

  • donMe$$i

    2days has become 2months! Sadly, our ‘journalists’ can’t/won’t pick him up on this..only Aljazeera can..shame!


  • remi

    There no need of telling us this before we know this government has no capacity to solve the problem facing the nation. As soon as they got the power, they started to disown their promise of change. It is a lesson for the Nigerians not to take this government serious else, they will be disappointed.

  • Yusuf

    the people worshiping Buhari will get to their senses when the poverty he is creating destroys the very foundation of our country

  • Netanyahu

    We are being ruled by a half illiterate. He can recite the whole Koran but to lead a country this complex is completely overwhelming for buhari if we must tell ourselves the home truth. Since 1985 he was kicked out of power by his brother, all he has been doing is learn how to recite the Koran. No other book.

    • harrison x.o





    • Mighty Mariama(rtd Colonel)

      This assumes that you can recite even a verse in the bible correctly. religion certainly ain’t got a thing to do with this.
      I thought it was Ibe Kachukwu talking.Heck, what do I know anyway.

    • Rommel

      Are you sure you know the meaning of illiterate?

      • Otile

        Are therefore saying that Imam Mohamed Buhari is an erudite scholar?

    • Rumournaire

      So what do you say about the NNPC GMD who should be delivering the products to Nigerians, who has a First Class Law degree from UNN and a PhD from Havard? That is the man who has said he has no immediate solution – direct your venom at him!

      • Otile

        Who is the Petroleum Minister, is he in coma or what?

        • Rumournaire

          A Minister is not assumed to have the answers because it is a political post. NNPC GMD is expected to know. If Kachikwu cannot proffer solutions to the crisis, perhaps he is a wrong person to head NNPC GMD – and in that case I would say PMB should look for someone else. (I am one of those not intimidated by academic degrees because they have little to do with ability to perform a particular function. My very personal view is that Kachikwu is the wrong man to head NNPC.)

          • Otile

            So in the present dispensation nobody is allowed to talk about who is the Minister of Petroleum. That does not matter any more. Nigeria we hail thee.

          • Rumournaire

            We are already talking about who is Minister of Petroleum, and it is appropriate. He has the responsibility to appoint competent heads for parastatals and departments in his ministry. As I said earlier, I believe he had appointed the wrong man to head NNPC.

            Recently I read of Kachikwu speaking publicly of his credentials – First Class degree, PhD Havard, etc.. Whenever anyone in an executive position starts to talk about his academic credentials, you can be sure he has lost it. It is always a cover-up for poor performance. The best professionals start their CV with their record of performance; academic achievements come last.

          • Otile

            Are saying the Kachikwu is the Cabinet Minister of Petroleum? Who exacly is drawing the jumbo salary of the post? Be honest now, don’t try to cover up Buhari’s hypoccrcy.

          • Rumournaire

            I already blamed Buhari – the Minister for Petroleum – for appointing the wrong person into the key position. Buhari is the Cabinet Minister. You don’t seem to get my point about the accountabilities of a Cabinet Minister and those of the CEOs he appoints. I have not absolved Buhari of blame at all. He appointed Kachikwu into a position Kachikwu is incapable of holding effectively. Kachikwu now tries to cover up his incompetence by reeling out his academic credentials. Both Buhari and Kachikwu are guilty – or don’t you get that from my posts?

          • Otile

            You don’t make any sense. Buhari is either the Petroleum Minister or not. He cannot hide under a proxy to cover up his incompetence. His proxy can only do what he is told regardless of his education, experience or expertise. What goes on is what the real Minister says.

          • Rumournaire

            You are free to disagree with me, and that is fine. A minister who appoints an incompetent CEO is culpable. The incompetent CEO who tries to “bravado” his way through his incompetence is also culpable. Let’s agree to disagree.

          • Rumournaire

            If what you say is true and if Kachikwu really believes he knows how to deliver, the honourable thing would be for him to resign. He should not destroy his own reputation by being a proxy for implementation of bad directives. That is what truly competent professionals do to protect their reputation. He had a great job at ExxonMobil!

  • Reason-ability

    Thank God for a Government that faces reality and tells us as it is. I believe in PMB and Kachikwu and I believe in their integrity. I will never ever regret any sacrifice that I have to make for a better Nigeria for my children and grandchildren. Please go on and give us lasting solutions PMB and do not bow to any blackmail by wailers. Anyone who wants magic should emigrate to la la land.

    • Mystical Mariama(rtd Colonel)

      Folks you can’t make this up fast enough. Did you guys read this psychobabble at all. How do you rationalize abject stupidity of this magnitude.A government that soon throws in the towel is the right one to suppose and trust.The only way to rationalize such idiocy is to assume that this waif indeed wrote his his/her tongue in the cheek.This reeks real bad and if you decide never to post such garbage online the better.

    • Maria Darego

      The Minister’s brother Dumebi just bought a Rolls Royce phantom!!!! Keep on believing in integrity and enjoy the mosquitos while you wait for petrol all night at the petrol station!!!!

      • Paul Young

        The ministers brother can buy a private jet if he so chooses. Still wondering how that relates to the matter at hand?

      • Otile

        Who exactly is the Minister of Petroleum, that is making the obscene salary but doing nothing for us? Is Kachikwu actually the substantive Minister or is he being used by a dishonest man as a proxy?

  • Maria Darego

    The Minister is conning the President!!!!! The Minister wants to run a Crude for Products SWAP arrangement with some oil majors (that he and his brothers have privately arranged) and he has just conned an obviously cornered President into approving it for him!!!!!!

  • growthengine

    I don’t understand a word of what this minister is saying. Someone please help me break it down. You want to keep reserve in the midst of scarcity? How much petrol can you keep? This is absolute rubbish. We all know the solution to our problem. Other countries have fuel at the pumps, whether they produce/refine oil or not. Buhari why do we always suffer under your regime. Why, in tears….Why. Oil is cheap, fuel is cheap, but yet we are suffering, let go of this Subsidy and price control, stop dictating price, and allow market to determine demand supply and price. This is 2016, not 1983.

  • Even though the present fuel shortage is hurting Nigerians, at least Nigeria is not losing billions of naira to fuel fraudsters in the form of subsidy as happened under Jonathan. Kachikwu only needs to be more truthful and consistent in his public statements. I won’t be surprised if Kachikwu says something different tomorrow!
    Only thieves will prefer the huge stealing of Nigeria’s wealth in the form of fuel subsidy that we witnessed under Jonathan.

    • Jujil

      Please try and be objective. It was the same Nigerians that resisted the subsidy removal in 2012 (even though it was I’ll timed) This kind of thinking is what made Kachukwu to do away with major importers thinking NNPC have the capacity to do so $ now he has agreed to go back to the same major marketers when faced with the realities. What we need are strong systems and structures in place. As citizens we also have our own responbilities, let’s make sure we make our own contributions diligently starting with objective analye of issues and not the usual blame game

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Nigerians have truly boarded APC’s “One Chance” bus! It surely is gonna be a very bumpy ride.

    • Anthony Ebaheghonmi

      Premium Times Editor:

      I want you to please help me post
      this letter to Iraq and Syria. I want ISIS to read it. I have just heard on my
      radio that ISIS has killed many people inside Belgium for nothing. I am very
      sorry for the Belgium people killed and injured like this.

      The reason I am writing this
      letter is that Belgium and France that ISIS attacked are very advanced
      countries with good computers everywhere to spy the whole country from
      satellite. They also have 24 hours electricity, water and petrol for 24 hours.
      France and Belgium are also members of NATO military force.

      What am I saying?
      If ISIS can kill France and Belgium, how can Nigeria fight ISIS? I just want
      ISIS to know that I am not part of the useless boast by President Buhari to
      fight ISIS. We have no light, no water and no petrol in Nigeria. How can we
      fight ISIS, when we cannot fight Boko Haram? Let Buhari go and fight ISIS
      himself. Please ISIS, i want you to know my name here. I am not part of the
      boast to fight you O!

      • UOU

        I am rolling on the floor!!!! of course, you are correct, its their way of foolishness and for him to have gotten himself and everyone involved in ISIS issue, I do not know what he was thinking or what his aids were advising him maybe he does not listen, boko haram should be enough problem for the govt and to now invite ISIS, I wonder?anyway like you said, ISIS should just go after him personally, not the innocent citizens who are not fighting nor condemning them

      • Anonymous

        A plausible supplication. I think everyone should be worried about ISIS proclivity for violence. Their propensity for massacre obviously emanated from a deranged demon.

  • ayobamiba

    Only mental dwarfs,free education products and hollow minded almajiri imbeciles are left behind this calamity called change government. No sensible citizen that is not bewitched can be found still supporting a government bereft of ideas needed for sincere ,progressive and articulated leadership as we have in this buharis sleepwalking leadership. The volumes of lies in APC government treasury seemed to have been grossly depleted and now the truth is surfacing little by little. Buhari should be told that he cat lead a nation on the platform of lies,propaganda, malicious blackmail and hate bigotry. Where is the old grandpas deceiving Nigerians,where are tinubu,oyegun,liar Mohammed etc where are the sai baba crowd.buhari is both incompetent, myopic, weak ,tired and expired with regards to providing scientific leadership needed at this point in Nigeria. Nigerians must gird up their loins for this nation is in a for a big show.these guys are both childish,infantile and myopic. Jonathan had a workable template designed to surmount the challenge of under capacity utilization of our refining capacity and it worked for 5 years of his tenure but when the fake saviour came ,they blackmailed the workable template that ensured constant supply of fuel at official price all over Nigeria and in their malice terminated the contracts and put Nigerians under severe hardship ,pain,sorrow and death .after dancing around, buhari is now back to the square one,building the same blocks he maliciously destroyed. What a pity,what a shame.this guys are scamming Nigeria bad.

  • Paul Young

    Kachikwu is starting to lose his good will in the eyes of many. Anyway i’ll just swallow the bitter ‘You have to suffer now so you can enjoy later’ pill. I know that they are doing all this(importing 100% of our fuel) to avoid doling out billions of naira to marketers who just import empty vessels and collect money, But at some point if the suffering becomes too much we might just have to revert to that system.

    • Jujil

      But from what he said, the oil major (marketers) are back to business again. He has said the government will involve them so they can support with importation. The question is, can the government still regulate price of products imported by the oil majors or will it be subsidized so as to have a uniform pump price in the country? Something needs to be done.

      • Rumournaire

        Right now, there is no subsidy – or rather, there is negative subsidy because the government actually makes money from the imports: What Nigerians pay is higher than the total delivery cost of PMS. But your point is that the government should categorically state that regardless of crude oil price, it will no longer subsidise any product. That is the only way it can attract private investors. The government also needs to go further by stopping the idea of allocating imports to anyone. That is what it has done with diesel fuel – Anyone can import diesel and sell at any price buyers are willing to pay. The same needs to be done for petrol and kerosine.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Well, it’s still better than the situation when Jonathan was President. The NNPC should reduce the amount it distributes to create a reserve, but not all of it at one time. After all, the idea is to relieve the burden on Nigerians.

    • Sam Bassey

      What are you talking about? Did we experience this kind of fuel scarcity during Jonathan’s era. Be fair to your conscience before you get God angry with u. From Obasanjo to Buhari, the best man who never allowed 24 hrs scarcity of fuel was Jonathan. Check your records and stop being economical with the truth.

      • Peju



    • dan

      How is this situation better than in Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency? Has Nigerians ever seen this kind of prolong suffering before? Fuel scarcity lasting for months and there is still no end in sight. Everyone, including market women know that Buhari and his minion misters are completely confused. To add to their confusion they have banned rice importation at a time the local production is no where near meeting demand, which will again push up the price of the commodity above the reach of the masses. It is crystal clear this government doesn’t have people who can reason, and unfortunately Buhari believes he’s the best economist the world has ever known.

    • 9ja deserves better dan Buhari

      Richard Grenell, a former envoy of the United States of America, has warned Nigerians not to elect former military dictator, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), of The All Progressives Congress in the March 28 Presidential election. The former spokesman for four United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, noted that Buhari if elected will be a diaster for Nigeria and Africa, stressing that he will signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East. He urges Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He made this known in an article titled, Nigeria on the brink and published on Washington Times, of Thursday, March 19, 2015.–

    • JayGeeX

      The jazz is strong with this one..

  • UOU

    Over clueless govt

    • straightaway




  • Romberg

    Is he going to build a strategic reserve within 2 months?

  • Otile

    Where are the dishonest fellows who are rejoicing that Buhari’s frequent trips to the Saudi King and Mbasosgo are beginning to yield fruits? Accursed be whoever is Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister presently. Wherefore must my people lack petrol whereas my area is awash with crude oil? Since we are not allowed to control our own oil, may we therefore share the oil fields so that each state can do whatever it likes with its own oil? Clearly the Federal government is on a suicidal mission with our crude oil.

  • Otile

    Where is Abubakar tundemash? I miss him and I miss Imam Abu Qaqa too.

  • 9ja needs a new leader

    Richard Grenell, a former envoy of the United States of America, has warned Nigerians not to elect former military dictator, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), of The All Progressives Congress in the March 28 Presidential election. The former spokesman for four United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, noted that Buhari if elected will be a diaster for Nigeria and Africa, stressing that he will signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East. He urges Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He made this known in an article titled, Nigeria on the brink and published on Washington Times, of Thursday, March 19, 2015.

    • 222observer

      Just see blood all over the country. Fulani herdsman see Buhari as a symbol of Fulani conquest
      of Yorubaland and Igboland. That’s why they frog-marched Olu Falae for 40 kilometers on foot,
      slapping him all around, in torn clothes on the highway. That’s why Agatu land too is overflowing
      with dead bodies in hundreds after the Fulani murderers. That’s why the Igbo in Ubu -Uku went
      to pick the remains of their king beaten to death and dumped off a few kilometers from Umunede.

  • straightaway



    • K. Oti

      …….I am looking at this Buhari in a different way……… i think Buhari is a jihad that useless Christians were
      praying against but still went to vote for with their own hands…..otherwise, why dead body come full ground?……
      …..if people vote for CHANGE…..are they not to be alive to see it?……But see dead body full ground!…..

  • Anonymous

    It’s unfortunate Nigeria will have to deal with grossly inept government for 3 more years.

    • achu


      Look, my friend. Let me tell you. Do you know what is really unfortunate? I will tell you. You see, what is more unfortunate now is that Buhari said he will contest second term in 2019. He will be 76 years old that time. So you
      can see that we have a big problem on our hands. We now have MUHAMADU BUHARI MUGABE. How do we start
      to get rid of this big problem? That is the next thing to think. The Middle-Belt people who made this same mistake
      that Yoruba people made are being killed in dozens, like houseflies. Already 300 people have been killed in Benue state alone. Can you see what is really unfortunate now? The Yoruba in Lagos Mile 12 were beheaded last month.

      • Anonymous

        PMB love power and would want to rule forever, that’s very common with incompetent african leaders. The impenitent effete won’t get a second term.

        • asking question?


          The creatures Nigerians call leaders are
          mentally wretched lot; dishonest to their bones and roguish in thoughts
          and deeds. Take Obasanjo. He opened his execrable mouth to say Buhari is the
          best candidate for Nigeria – a soldier without provable school certificate! In that
          season of lies Professor Wole Soyinka followed to endorse Buhari as a born again
          democrat. Within 180 days of Buhari riding those endorsements into office, blood
          filled the land from state murders, which is now a live case at the International
          Criminal Court. Nigeria is cursed with such elders who don’t think or can’t think.
          Wole Soyinka only makes it a duty to tour all state governors’ lodge for victuals
          and all. Is that how to be a real force for progress? Is that how to be a radical –
          eating 87 million Naira dinner in the Rivers state governor’s lodge at a sitting?

          • MUSIK

            .…..Jeun koku professor…o de…waki and die….o de……chop and quench…..o de…

          • vandu




    • JayGeeX

      I think it’s the other way round actually… We are the ones getting screwed..

  • Darlynstar

    “And let’s be honest, for the five or six months we have been here, NNPC has moved from a 50 per cent importer of products to basically a 100 per cent importer”….wetin be this…which kind change be this, while people dey waka go front, buhari dey tear race go back….hmmmmm


    At least,Kachikwu is being honest…..Buhari and his nepotism and corruption riddled cabinet cannot get a grip on matters,they are as confused as ever !! Meanwhile Kachikwu is one of those whose children were illegally hired by the CBN dullard Emefiele !!

  • 9ja needs a new leader

    Corruption: Obasanjo, Buhari govts worse than Jonathan says T.I

    According to Transparency In¬ternational’s data from 1979 till date, shows that the tenures of both General Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo were more corrupt than the tenure of Jonathan.

    • abigwary

      Mr. Newman. You should start warming up. Lol

  • growthengine

    I believe Kachikwu is more intelligent than this. This is Kissass talking. We all know the solution.

    • Gogome2016


      I want to beg BUHARI to resign next week after the public holiday. This job is above him.

      It is not by force to be president and be disgracing himself all over the world with ignorance.

      There is no honour in being laughed at like an illiterate who talks of German Mark in 2015.

      Yemi Oshinbajo must resign immediately alongside. He is the most clueless Vice President.

      This is the only way to save Nigeria. Buhari is a bad tree that can never yield any good fruit.

      • Edwin C.


        Wole Soyinka and his fine bara

        It is a shame. Look at how Buhari has ended up. This is a lesson for everybody. Honesty is the best policy. There is no way a dishonest man will escape disgrace. Buhari was never honest since 1961 that he got into the army on falsely claimed WAEC certificate. Since then it has been one lie on top of another – no honour, no shame, no integrity, nothing. But see now. I just pray Wole Soyinka will not end up in disgrace too. That one has carried on like a hungry man, in fact like a beggar, going from one government lodge to another. That is not respectable INTERVENTION – IT IS FINE BARA. A man who is 80 years old should respect himself, no matter how broke. What Wole Soyinka has been doing is a cultural blunder for a man at his age. He may still end up in shame and disgrace like Muhammadu Buhari. These so-called elders are worse than evil.

        • MUSIK

          ….Jeun koku professor…o de…waki and die….o de……chop and quench…..o de…

          • xxx3000

            Wole Soyinka has been ridiculed already.
            All the cooks in the 36 state houses know him. I will be surprised if Wole
            Soyinka can ever get lost in the kitchen of any of the 36 state houses in
            Nigeria, excluding Aso Villa. Wole Soyinka can compare and contrast and tell
            you that beans is cooked better with palm oil in Kogi state house lodge
            compared to how they cook it with groundnut oil in Taraba state lodge.

    • quintox

      Buhari is the main problem with Nigeria. His judgment is zero. He can’t
      understand or analyze complex issues. He can’t assess his appointees on the
      merits. That is why his government is sinking. Buhari is too naive. He picked
      Raji Fashola – a dunce – without asking himself on what basis, if Lagos state
      worsened under Raji Fashola into the 3rd world city in the world? And if Lagos
      state recorded 85% school certificate WASC failure rate under Raji Fashola
      every year for eight years?

      • JayGeeX

        I know why fashola was picked… Good press. A la Jagaban..

  • I just dey ask

    @growthengine:disqus : IF IT WILL TAKE two months for Buhari to provide petrol in an oil exporting
    country like Nigeria, can it take up to 200 years for him to provide electricity in a country
    like Nigeria where no local component of power transmission or generation is locally
    produced? I just dey ask O, no vex!

  • DOD

    We need to hear martial music on our radios. Buhari is useless, clueless and hopeless

    Soldiers we need you please!

    • Es3

      In as much I would so much love to see Buhari’s back (out of) Aso Rock, soldiers coming is not one of what of what I desire to witness?!

      Yes, we have lost we a lot of what we he gained under Jonathan in our democracy but military take over is would be worse,trust me!

      So, Nigerians that went against good counsel to vote Buhari into office should rise en-mass (the same they rose to vote) and demand his exit!

      • DOD

        South Korea progressed because they had patriotic military. We need patriotic soldiers. The cost of civilian rule is too high

        • Es3

          That is where you have patriotic soldiers, but our case in Nigeria has shown otherwise for all these while?!

        • Jujil

          No matter what happens, it does not justify your call for a return to the military rule. The military guys brought Nigeria to where it is today. Imagine if Shagari was allowed to continue when we had those low-cost housing system then all over the country. Imagine where we would have been today if democracy had trived from 1960 till today. You enjoy the free to express your views today because of the freedom you enjoy in democracy. In-case you were too young to understand the hovoc caused by the military, I advice you read history books or publications please. The South Korea you are referring to are under democracy, abi you don’t that the president is a woman? Please we don’t need such views now.

  • Sir Louis

    It is unbelievable that this Kachikwu whom we were told is an expert on the oil industry even when he is a lawyer, after all can not tell us with certainty when the fuel queues will disappear. This is very dishonest. Nigerians do not deserve this deceit!

    • Otile

      The deceit is clearly from above, Kachikwu is not the Petroleum Minister, he is being used as proxy by the Deceiver-In-Chief.

      • Rumournaire

        You obviously don’t understand the powers at play here. Buhari previously knew nothing about Kachikwu – he appointed Kachikwu into NNPC GMD’s position to make some interests happy. They assumed that Kachikwu’s credentials were good enough for top performance. What they didn’t appreciate is that paper credentials even from ivy league schools cannot replace relevant industry experience. Kachikwu knows all about industry law – because that was his remit at ExxonMobil – but he lacks the knowledge and experience of what it actually takes to deliver. Kachikwu does not really understand where NNPC is bleeding!

        • Otile

          When did Buhari make Kachikwu Petroleum minister? You are a damned liar.

          • Rumournaire

            Kachikwu is Minister of State for Petroleum while Buhari is the senior Minister. Please check the list of ministers again. Kachikwu is the minister representing Delta State, since there has to be a minister from each state of the Federation.

            I stay civil in these conversations, never attacking or insulting fellow contributors, and I suggest you do same. “You are a damned liar” is not civil at all. I may be wrong, but I am not damned! Honest!

          • Otile

            Is it not corruption that coined and imposed that dubious office “Minister of State for…”? Where in the world do you find 2 ministers for one post? So you too buy into that despicable corrupt coinage?

          • Rumournaire

            The concept of Minister of State predates Buhari. We had them under Yar’adua and under GEJ. The idea was that if a ministry is considered too large for a minister, a Minister of State could be appointed to oversee implementation of the policies. It may well not be prudent, but that is what Buhari inherited, and I suspect it would take a constitutional amendment to change it. So, don’t blame the concept on Buhari. You would recall that Buhari initially did not want to have more than 19 ministers altogether. He had even suggested that there would be no such thing as Minister of State. But recall that Nigerians started throwing the constitutional requirement to have a minister from each state of the federation at him.

            Whatever we think of the idea of Minister of State, Kachikwu is Minister of State for Petroleum as well as GMD NNPC. Talking of “where in the world …” I’m sure you appreciate that each country has its own governance system that does not have to mirror another country’s. How many Federations in the world require having a minister appointed from every state in the federation?

    • JayGeeX

      Nigerians do not deserve this deceit!

      I think they do actually. If out of 180 million, they can count up to 14+ million that think APC’s fraudulent #change was a good route… If you take away another 12+ million that did not, that leaves 150+ million that even though they may not have had PVCs, should have talked some sense to the 14+ million.

  • bela

    just because these pple are govt official they care-less abt the masses.
    but they shud remember that wat goes around comes around. you will
    alwys reap where u sowed


    Thank God for a Government that faces reality and tells us as it is. I believe in PMB and Kachikwu and I believe in their integrity. I will never ever regret any sacrifice that I have to make for a better Nigeria for my children and grandchildren. Please go on and give us lasting solutions PMB and do not bow to any blackmail by wailers. Anyone who wants magic should emigrate to la la land.

    • Mike udi

      U must b insane for talking about integrity when Nigerians re dieing. Na integrity Nigerians wo chop? Ewu

  • JayGeeX

    What really trips me is this:

    The 5 years before these yahoos, any of the few times the fuel scarcity matter came up, they were quick to attack the president and the minister for petroleum, GEJ and Diezianni. NOW, those roles are still in existence and occupied but the sheep-like supporters of the charade have found a way to pile the blame on just Kachikwu…

    Well, only the expectant can be disappointed in this matter…

  • kurt

    We igbos saw this coming and voted massively against this dickhead, we were called sorts of name, now people are seeing how incompetent this man is, the bitter truth is that everyone is suffering, I want to ask a simple question, why did it turn this bad after Jonathan left, now some people will still think Jonathan is to be blamed, I think Minster of propaganda, Mr lair is up and he knows people no longer buying his blame on Jonathan tactics, we no longer hear from him, they are now dishing out high level of propaganda, only the almajiris can’t figure out they are screwed, just 3 more years with this situation Nigeria will implode

  • Henry Ohakwe

    I believe Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, a thorough breed pro and an intelligent man for that matter, did get his conversation wrong when he said he was not trained as a magician. I also feel if you are overwhelmed with a job and you can’t figure out the problems and the solutions, then quit, but that is not the case here. However, Asiwaju, without doubt is gunning for another thing by his outlandish outburst. It appeared to me very hypocritical. After all the first person who said at his first day of Inauguration that he is not a Miracle worker is President Buhari. And indeed he hasn’t worked any miracle. What did Asiwaju say when he heard that statement from the president? I believe this strategist is raising his hand for another thing altogether. LOL!

    • Nas

      Well the truth is the minister is somehow tired of the situation and may be that was why he made that statement. What was the government doing for over donkey years to fix the refineries? How do you expect him just to fix the problem in 8 months? Let be realistic with out selves.