A former Vice President of Nigeria, Mr Atiku Abubakar, has commiserated with Nigerians over the lingering fuel crisis that has made many jettison the decision to travel and be with their loved ones this Christmas.

Petrol has become gold in Nigeria which is one of the largest oil producing nations in the world. It is only available at few fuel stations and at a price that is far above the approved pump price of 145 Naira per litre.

Vehicle owners bought petrol for as much as 200 Naira on Saturday.

Cost of transportation has increased by over 100% within Lagos and even more when the journey is out of the state.

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But the former President believes there is a solution to the crisis that Nigerians are beginning to understand why it is happening.

In a tweet on his Twitter handle, Atiku wrote: "My heart goes out to everyone struggling to see their friends and families during this season of celebration due to the fuelscarcity and I am confident that as we unite as a nation we can find a solution to this crisis".

Unity of purpose is something gradually becoming a luxury in Nigeria, especially when politics comes to play.

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The situation has been blamed on marketers that the National Orientation Agency said were conscienceless and unpatriotic.

The marketers on their part have blamed the cost of getting dollars for their importation, insisting that it could no longer sell petrol at 145 Naira when landing cost was far above that price.They want to sell petrol for at least 165 Naira per litre.

They want an increase in the price or hold back the product which has continued to come into Nigeria's sea port in Apapa area of Lagos.

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