Following the lingering scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol, the Civil Society Coalition for Positive Change and Stand Up for Nigeria (SUN)
has issued a 72hours ultimatum to the Minister of State for Petroleum and NNPC GMD, Dr Ibe Kachikwu to resign his appointment.
It stated that the inability of Dr. Kachikwu to restore normalcy to the short supply of the commodity shows his incompetence to manage the situation.
Comrade Venatius Torkuma and Labake Boboye National President and Executive Director of the group respectively
in a joint statement issued and made available to journalists said the Minister of State for Petroleum has failed to justify his appointment.
It would be recalled that Kachikwu who doubles as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had said, in reaction to public criticism of his handling of the fuel scarcity, that Nigerians should count themselves fortunate that the NNPC under his stewardship has been able to bring in the amount of fuel it is currently supplying.
The group described the statement as careless and insulting to Nigerians who voted for the current administration, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to fire Kachikwu should he refuse to resign.
It stated that the statement by him that he was not trained as a magician is an admittance of his incompetence.
This was as it threatened to take to the street on Wednesday in “a mother of all protest” in the nation’s capital, Abuja to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the international community should the Minister refuse to resign.
“Nigerians fought hard to vote in this government of change. But to hear the Minister say the kind of things he said is not only insulting to Nigerians but showed his gross incompetence. Nigerians will not tolerate such recklessness. In case the minister needs a reminder, the era of incompetence is long with the previous administration.
“Since he has admitted that he cannot restore normalcy to the current fuel crisis, he should immediately resign his position. Indeed Kachikwu was not coerced to take this job. He accepted the job and its responsibilities knowingly. He also must remember that he does not own NNPC.
The group said the fuel shortage is severely biting for the average person and to hear the minister make such statement puts the Buhari administration in bad light.