This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
AVOID FUEL SCARCITY THIS YULETIDE
FUEL SCARCITY THIS YULETIDE
Oil marketers have issued a
seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government (FG) threatening to embark on a
strike and shut down all depots across the country if their outstanding debts
totalling N800 billion in subsidies, are not paid.
In a press statement issued on
Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
appealed to both the oil marketers and FG to iron out their differences in
order to avoid fuel scarcity during this yuletide.
According to the director of
MURIC who signed the statement, Professor Ishaq Akintola, “Yuletide is a
sensitive period. This is the time most Nigerians choose to travel to their
cities and villages in order to cement family ties. It is not the right time to
allow fuel scarcity.
“We appeal to FG to do everything
within its power to ensure that oil marketers do not carry out their threat. Unlike
in the past, this administration has been able to ensure smooth supply of fuel.
There have been no queues in petrol stations across the country. We appreciate
this feat. But we are saying it should not be allowed to happen. Fuel scarcity
causes lots of inconvenience for ordinary Nigerians”.
MURIC said it issued a warning about the likelihood of an attempt to
cause artificial fuel scarcity towards the end of the year. “We warned about
this in our press release dated 29th October, 2018 (http://dailypost.ng/2018/10/29/muric-warns-fg-fuel-scarcity-masterminds-looming-labour-strike/).
“Our exact words on that occasion were, ‘November
is just three days away today and these agents of darkness must be somewhere
now plotting to disrupt the smooth flow of supply and distribution. Their main
objective is to discredit the government of the day particularly now that the
2019 election is just a stone’s throw away. It is therefore necessary for FG to watch out from now on. Another
attempt may be made to cause artificial fuel scarcity. Those behind the move do
not care about the common man. They do not care about hundreds of citizens who
will be stranded on the roads as a result of fuel scarcity or the average
Nigerian car owner who will be compelled to spend hours at fuel stations’.
We therefore appeal to FG to
avert another fuel scarcity particularly in the interest of ordinary Nigerians
who may be caught in the crossfire as transport fares are most likely to skyrocket.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)