Following backlashes which trailed his comments that the biting fuel scarcity across parts of the country would linger till May, Nigeria’s minister of state for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has apologised to Nigerians for his remarks which included him telling Nigerians he was “not trained as a magician”.
Kachikwu appeared before a Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 and gave a presentation that included saying that the long queues in the country’s petrol stations would “disappear” on Monday, April 7, 2016.
Kachikwu who is also the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was summoned to the Senate to explain the unending fuel shortage in the country.
“By 6th or 7th April, the long queues in filing stations would disappear,” Kachikwu said.
Kachikwu has faced intense criticism from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its founders, APC national leader, Bola Tinubu for his handling of the fuel scarcity.
Surprisingly, a cross section of Nigerians have risen to the defence of Kachikwu from attacks by the APC, saying that the APC ought to address the minister of Petroleum who is President Muhammadu Buhari.