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Amid fuel scarcity in Nigeria, Buhari promises fuel delivery assistance to Burundi

President Muhammadu Buhari has said aid Nigeria will consider a request by the Burundian government to provide energy, especially in the form of fuel.

The president stated this on Tuesday, January 3, 2022, at State House, Abuja, when he hosted the Special Envoy of President Evariste Ndayishimiye, who came with a message.

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and Economic Planning of Burundi, Audace Niyonzima said his President sent goodwill for the New Year to Nigerians and President Buhari.

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He also wished the country well in general elections scheduled for February and March, this year.

“We pray that the polls would be peaceful and successful, so that Nigeria would maintain her reputation as a bastion of peace and stability,” the Special Envoy said.

On request for assistance in the area of energy provision, particularly fuel, by the Burundi leader, President Buhari said he knows what it feels like for a country to suffer from energy shortage.

He, therefore, promised that he would get the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited to look into the request.

Buhari said he was looking forward to the polls, and retirement, since he had satisfied the constitutionally required two terms to be in office.

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Recall that since the third quarter of 2022 till date, Nigerians across the country have been dealing with the impacts of fuel scarcity. Fuel scarcity has hampered productivity for many Nigerians and has increased transportation costs, especially during the Christmas holidays.

It was recently reported that some Nigerians paid an average of N30,000 per person to travel by road from states in the Southwest to the Southeast.

In December 2022, Bala Wunti, the Chief Upstream Investment Officer (CUIO) at the NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services (NUIMS) said that the fuel scarcity that has hampered citizens’ productivity in recent years is mostly associated with distribution challenges and not supply.

Amid the challenges at home, it is rather surprising that President Muhammadu Buhari is making such a promise to Burundi. This is exactly the opinion expressed by an energy analyst who spoke to Nairametrics on condition of anonymity.

“It is a surprise that President Buhari is making a promise to deliver fuel to Burundi when some Nigerians are finding it difficult to access fuel for their households and businesses,” the analyst said.
The analyst added that Nigeria has to focus on resolving fuel distribution challenges across the value chain first before looking to play Big Brother to other African countries.

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