Desperate times call for desperate measures.

President Muhamamdu Buhari says he is no longer going to folds his hands and watch Nigerians suffer due to the scarcity of fuel.

The festive season has been marred by the scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly referred to as perol and Nigerians are apparently not happy with the government.

But speaking in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians, Buhari said he was “saddened” by the fuel scarcity.

“Some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.

“I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again,” he said.

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Buhari also state that he was saddened by the hardship Nigerians were put through, as they spent a better part of the Christmas and New Year holiday in long queues at filling stations trying to buy the scarce product.

The product is being sold for as high as 250 Naira per litre in many filling stations across the country instead of the official control price of 145 Naira per litre.

“Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.

“The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.

“Such unpatriotism will not divert the administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity,” he said.

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