If you live in Lagos and still manage to buy petrol at 145 Naira after a long queue, then consider yourself lucky.

The situation is getting worse outside the big city and people are not smiling, more so in states where they do not earn much.

Imagine having to buy a litre of petrol for 170 Naira in a state like Osun where salaries have become luxury.

That is exactly what Bounce News correspondent witnessed at the weekend in Osogbo, the state capital.

First, you would think they do not have fuel, but take a chance and drive into one of those fuel stations with no long queues.

Then you would understand why residents avoided them like a scourge and swamped the ones that sold at official price.

With an attitude that seems to tell you, ‘take it or leave it’, the attendant at Cisse Oil at Olorunsogo Bye-Pass, said that their rate was 170 Naira per litre.

Asked why this was so, she would give no further explanation asides saying “fuel is scarce”.

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For avoidance of denial, our correspondent demanded for a receipt for the 30 litres he was buying, and they quickly issued it without fear.

The observation was that they showed no feeling of guilt for the hardship they just inflicted on a fellow citizen.

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This was days after the 2-day ultimatum given to the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel scarcity crisis across Nigeria elapsed.

But there seems to be no end in sight, as many fuel stations were shut in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Borno and Niger states on Sunday.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) also threatened to begin a strike on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Nigerians continue to wonder if they deserve to celebrate their Christmas and New Year in hardship after a tough 2017.