Petrol is scarce and transport fare has been raised by vehicle owners based on how much they got fuel.

Some buy a litre at 200 Naira in Lagos that is 55 Naira above the official price of 145 Naira.

A journey from Oshodi to Agege that used to be 100 Naira or 150 Naira at rush hours is now 300 Naira. Passengers are paying but with much groaning and complaints.

Transport fare for interstate journey is far above what it used to be and this has forced many to change their mind about travelling to see their loved ones this Christmas.

No one knows when it will end.

In the midst of the hardship that this scarcity has brought, there has been no explanation as to why news of petrol landing at the port in Apapa area of Lagos state have been constant, but on the street fuel stations have no supply.

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There is tension, but the All Progressives Congress (APC) is appealing to Nigerians to be patient with the Federal Government on the current petrol crisis.

According to a statement by the party's spokesman, Mr Bolaji Abudullahi, on Saturday in Abuja, the APC-led Federal Government said it was making efforts to address the situation.

"We empathise with Nigerians at this difficult time and appeal for patience with the Federal Government as it make efforts to improve the situation," he said.

The APC spokesman added that the government was making efforts to find lasting solution to the problem that had bedeviled every administration in Nigeria.

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"Our party acknowledges the difficulties Nigerians are currently experiencing as a result of the unfortunate fuel scarcity across the country; especially at this yuletide period.

"We understand that the Federal Government is doing everything to improve the situation and bring succor to the people as soon as possible," he said.

Circulating Fictitious Statements

Abdullahi added that the APC also understood the unhappiness of Nigerians at the situation, which he noted was happening for the first time in the Christmas period since its administration came to power.

He further said while the APC accepted the choice of the opposition PDP to make political gains out of the development, it condemned its desperation to make the APC-led government look bad.

This, Abudullahi said, the PDP was doing by maliciously fabricating and circulating fictitious statements in the names of government and APC officials.

According to him, the PDP had continued to attack the APC on the basis of such fabricated statements, saying, “this is bad politics".

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