Following a recent display of an animal farm owned by President Muhammadu Buhari, an aide to the Akwa Ibom governor has accused him of abandoning Nigerians to economic hardship and fuel crisis, while according more care to his cows.
The President had taken to his social media page to share his leisure life as a farmer; as his way of inspiring Nigerians, but the current fuel scarcity and increase in the country has drawn criticisms.
Essien Ndueso, the media aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel, on Thursday posted photos of Mr. Buhari’s recent visit to his ranch in Daura with the caption:
“Today, we are in an administration that cows fare better than human beings.”
“If the cost of grass were to increase, or if anyone were to temper with the comfort of these cows, I am sure Baba would come back and take urgent actions.
“Today fuel is N180 and those who earn their wages monthly from worshipping Baba on Facebook are also suffering the same fate.”
Mr. Ndueso also criticised the human rights community in the state for not speaking up against the increase in fuel price, and dared a well-known Buhari supporter in the state, Imaobong Akpan, to lead a campaign against the increase.
But Ms. Akpan reacted by asking Governor Emmanuel to call his aide to order. In her defence of the president, she said:
“This is a president that has been the most magnanimous to the welfare of Nigerians, and specifically the governors through the regular and timely release of budget support funds, Paris club refunds, and other social intervention funds meant to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians, of which Gov Udom Emmanuel, Mr. Essien’s boss is a major beneficiary,”
“It is on record that Mr. President has been very kind to the people of Akwa Ibom State through the various appointments and other strategic partnerships meant to grow the economy of Akwa Ibom.
“The fuel crisis in the country is traceable to deliberate sabotage which I believe the government is addressing and therefore should not be politicised.”
Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has threatened to adopt aggressive measure” to tackle the ongoing artificial scarcity of petroleum products across the country. Part of the approach, he said, would be to charge the directive to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to not only dispense free fuel to motorists and other members of the public from filling stations found hoarding products, but also to seal such stations.
Mr. Baru described the situation as artificial scarcity of fuel caused by the activities of unscrupulous marketers who are hoarding the product. He reiterated that government and NNPC have no intention of increasing the price of petroleum at this moment.