Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum departed from Abuja on Tuesday for Kenya to participate in the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and to mark the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) 50th anniversary.
The UNEA, which kicked off on Monday, will, among other issues, discuss climate change, biodiversity and nature loss, as well as waste and pollution management.
President Buhari, 78, will be in Nairobi for four days before departing for London for a medical checkup as part of the itinerary that is expected to last two weeks..
His spokesman Femi Adesina said the Kenyan visit is a sequel to an invitation extended to him by his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The biannual UNEA will mark the fifth session since the first Environmental Assembly that was held in Nairobi in 2014.
The theme for this year is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
However, from far North to oil-rich Niger Delta, Nigerians who are already impoverished by the high cost of living, are grappling with the harsh reality of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) shortage, as the hope of adequate supply dims.
The President, already, has been knocked for the trip described as extravagant and not demonstrating the real situation at home and the sensitivity to the plight of the Nigerian masses.
As he travels between East Africa and the UK, he leaves behind a country dotted with endless queues and unending blame game, over, who is responsible for the ending PMS scarcity.
His ministry supervises the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, which has become the sole importer of the product and other state parastatals at manning critical components of the system.
With a litre of the product selling for as much as N300 at the black market and N200 at some filling stations, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), yesterday, threatened that its members would not lift products for depot owners selling above official depot price of N148.77. The Secretary-General, Afolabi Olawale, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“One of the lines of action we are going to take is any depot that is not selling at the official rate, our members will not carry their products,” he said.
Here are the companies that allegedly imported bad fuel into Nigeria – MRS, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, Oando, and Duke Oil
The crass insensitivity of this man and his people/government is baffling, indeed mindboggling, no one seems to be speaking against his ‘actions’ and, or ‘inactions’.
Imagine the people of the country he is supposedly the president are going through a hellish fuel crisis which has almost paralysed the nation and he is the minister for petroleum ! Not a word?!
Another unfortunate part of these whole shenanigans, nonchanlance and gross incompetence is that no one has been punished for importing bad fuel into the country and no-one is talking.
One wonders why he couldn’t send the Minister for foreign affairs and that of the environmental agencies especially when his country is on fire. Well, we already know why he wouldn’t seek medical treatment in Nigeria…you gerrit?
It is very unfortunate that as educated and enlightened as Nigerians are, or seem to be, we have a very docile people who are fine with suffering and smiling, or so it seems.
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