For the second Christmas season in a row, many Nigerians are wallowing in the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), though reprieve appeared to be in the air as some fuel queues were thining out by Sunday afternoon.
But the All Progressives Congress, through its spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi, attempted an explanation on Sunday to assuage frayed nerves, while the social media remained an outlet for anger.
A special carol went viral at the weekend, showing the pain of Nigerians.
In his statement APC’s Abdulahi said: “Our party acknowledge the difficulties Nigerians are currently experiencing as a result of the unfortunate fuel scarcity across the country; especially at this Yuletide period.
“We understand that the Federal Government is doing everything to improve the situation and bring succour to the people as soon as possible.
“We also understand the unhappiness of Nigerians at this situation, which is happening for the first time in the Christmas period since the APC administration came to power.
“We also wish to note that while we accept the choice of the opposition PDP to make political gains out of the difficulties that Nigerians are experiencing as a result of this fuel scarcity, we however condemn their desperation to make the government and our party look bad by maliciously fabricating and circulating fictitious statements in the names of our government and party officials and then attack us on the basis of those same statements that they fabricated in the first place. This is bad politics.
“Once again we empathise with Nigerians at this difficult time and appeal for patience with the Federal Government as they make efforts to improve the situation and find lasting solution to this problem that has bedevilled every administration in our country, including the PDP administration under whose government, Nigerians would recall, the oil cabal enjoyed unprecedented prosperity.”