Fuel Adulteration Just A Glitch; Also Happened Under Abacha – Femi Adesina
Femi Adesina, the spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that importation of adulterated fuel into the country was not peculiar to the incumbent administration as such “glitches” had also been witnessed during the General Sani Abacha military junta.
Mr. Adesina, in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, said that the Buhari regime had managed fuel importation into the country for over six years without a glitch, adding that this particular one is a lesson for the country.
“The question also would be that if that system worked for six years, and that glitch didn’t happen, from that glitch, lessons can be learned. That’s the simple conclusion I can reach. If it worked for six years and you didn’t have that glitch, case of adulterated fuel coming into the country.
“Recall that under the military, particularly under the regime of general Sani Abacha, we had cases of adulterated fuel. We had this case under General Sani Abacha,” Mr Adesina said.
“It happened (Under Abacha). Whether long or short, the point is glitches do happen and the country must learn from it,” the spokesman insisted when probed further.
Mr Adesina, however, said the Buhari regime was still investigating the matter, noting that “The President has resolved to probe what happened. It is not as if some people are culpable it would be overlooked.”
In the last three weeks, Nigerians have witnessed acute fuel scarcity and disruption of economic activities across the country due to importation of contaminated fuel by authorities.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited had blamed importers MRS, Oando and others for adulterated petrol crisis.
The House of Representatives have asked its committee to investigate the sale of adulterated premium motor spirit (petrol) to the Nigerian public, a move seen as another wild goose chase.