By Bello Adisa
Kaduna (Nigeria) — A group, Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has called for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s petroleum minister.
A statement by President of the group, Isah Abubakar, in Kaduna Wednesday says it observes that since the pronouncement himself [Buhari] as Substantive Minister of Petroleum, the situation and availability of petroleum products, especially that of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS in the market has become difficult.
Abubakar says Buhari should not only resign and appoint a substantive minister of petroleum resources for effective service delivery, but also relieve Kachikwu as minister of state for same ministry.
The statement reads: “President Buhari should appoint a Group Managing Director for Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and relief the minister of state for petroleum resources of double appointment.
“We realize that since Mr. President pronouncement of himself as Substantive Minister of Petroleum, the situation and availability of petroleum products especially that of premium motor spirit (PMS) in the market as become difficult, indicating total failure on the part of Mr President as the Minister of petroleum resource and Ibe Kachikwu as Minister of State and GMD of NNPC.
“We demand that Mr. President hire a competent hand to handle the ministry and appoint a new GMD for NNPC as this will enable effectiveness and productivity in the ministry and agency.
“We understand that your administration has good intention for the masses and the country but the scarcity of petroleum products in the market have inflate more pains on us as a people.
“The cost of transportation, food items and other essential household commoditities had drastically increase.”
The group threatened massive protest if the situation persists.
“We wish to emphatically state that if this condition persist, Nigeria Youth will not hesitate to mobilize ourselves across the country for massive protest, this we believed will shutdown the economy of the country as we are already in consultation with other civil society organization to map out effective National protest,” the statement concludes