Zamfara residents have reacted to the constant fuel scarcity in the state, blaming the security operatives for being behind the fuel scarcity due to sharp practices.
A commercial motorcycle rider told DAILY POST in an exclusive interview said security operatives were aiding and abetting corruption in the name of fuel scarcity in the state, insisting that security operatives are the public enemies in disguise.
â€œThe security operatives are fuelling the problems of artificial fuel scarcity simply because they are on uniforms, thinking that they would not face any challenger in the ugly developmentâ€ he lamented.
According to him, the black marketers had a deal with some of the security operatives to assist them in getting fuel at the filling stations at the official rate but sell at exorbitant prices, saying that most customers sleep at the filling stations in order to get fuel for their legitimate endeavours.
Our source who put his name as Abubakar said if they meet the black marketers with fuel at the filling stations, one must pay about N15,400 naira for 25 litres of fuel to them, saying that when the black marketers leave the scene, one has to buy the same quantity of fuel at over N16,000
â€œOne baba came to Abanat filling station with a generator and he was not allowed to fill the generator but he was given the chance to buy fuel worth of N3,000 naira only and he left to another filling station to fill the generatorâ€ he lamented.
â€œBut the baba began to sell the fuel to those who needed it urgently instead of using it because he believed he would not get enough gain if he used the fuel for his businessâ€
Mr. Abubakar said the State Taskforce on security and the petroleum Taskforce should hold the security operatives responsible for the fuel scarcity in the state, saying that it was nothing but artificial fuel scarcity.
However, most businessmen and women who depend on fuel for their legitimate endeavours said they already suspended their businesses pending when the prices of petroleum products stabilize.
â€œThen, we are in trouble in this country when fuel that is being produced in Nigeria could no longer be assessable to Nigerians. Then what is our benefit as an independent countryâ€
He appealed to both the federal and state governments to as a matter of urgency try to solve the problems of fuel scarcity as many people depend on the product for survival.
He explained that if the Buhari administration continued to punish the innocent masses, they would react swiftly and revolt against the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections, stressing that the masses were tired of the style of the governments at all levels.