Like his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said he sympathized with Nigerians over the hardship foisted on them by the lingering fuel shortage, which is taking the shine out of this year’s Christmas celebration, describing the development as a shame.
The Vice President, according to a statement released in Abuja by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, on Monday, gave a piece of his mind when he interacted with some people who kept vigil at Oando and Hayden petrol filling stations at Lekki and Victoria Island respective, in Lagos.
“It’s such a shame that Christmas has been, to some extent, with this sort of discomfort.
”This is deeply regretted, and l know that, despite the resilience and strength of people in Lagos and the Nigerian people, we would see ourselves through this and will enjoy our Christmas and have a great new year,” he told the people on the queue where he made the surprise appearance.
Osinbajo also disclosed that the federal government was making efforts to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
“We are trying to move as quickly as we can. Obviously, people have gone through a lot of pain and anguish in the past few days, and that is deeply regretted.
“We are trying to do what we can to move as quickly as possible and there is certainly enough products to be able to solve the problem.
“We will be able to solve the problem; the short period of scarcity is quite a bit of burden, but we know that so long as products are enough and the trucks coming out and feeding the stations, this will be over very soon.
“I am going around with the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources here in Lagos to ensure that first, the trucks are being loaded from all the depots, and also looking at the filling stations to see that things are moving on very well.
“The GMD of the NNPC is also working in Abuja to see that things are moving quickly and we are moving around the country. So we expect that it will be resolved very quickly.”