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Leah Sharibu was among the abducted 109 girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State. The girls were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Leah Sharibu who was aged fifteen at the time of the abduction in March 2018 turn 16 today, Monday. While 104 abducted girls were released to their parents, Leah Sharibu was held back by the captives because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
“Monday, May 14 , 2018, our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu , will be 16 years . If she were here with us , we would have been celebrating her 16 th birthday with her . “She is not with us and all we can do is fast and pray for her as a family and I want to appeal to all Nigerians and other concerned people around the world to help us pray for her safety wherever she is and for her return as well. “President Buhari seemed to have forgotten about Leah but we know God who brought her forth will not forget her . We believe that God is keeping watc…


A lot has been said about the way and manner that the oil industry in Nigeria is being run, and not pleasant reviews have continued to pour in. In the previous year, Muhammadu Buhari, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria declared himself the Honourable Minister of Petroleum. Imagine the uproar this announcement caused. Indeed, it was met with mixed feelings from Nigerians both home and abroad. Some felt he could do great things in the oil sector while others felt that his rigidity will not help at all. Eventually, this created a sentimental divide on a large scale. Nigerians said the President had appointed powers to the Hausa/Fulani more than other tribes and that from time, the minister of petroleum had always been from the south, where the oil derives. For some of us, time and performance were going to tell whether the president had made the right call.

The entrance of the Independent marketers into the scene relaxed high tension as petrol and other crude oil rudiments were easily gotten within the country. At the turn of the year, 2017, a sector in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), PENGASSAN went on an industrial action and that action affected the availability of petroleum product nationwide. Once again, the people turned to question the role of the Minister of Petroleum and his effectiveness in that office. 

Now, at the tail end of 2017, just before the annual Christmas celebration, there was a sudden paucity of petrol that led to a hike in the pump price by the independent marketers. The whole episode appeared like an unanimous decision to make the product unavailable to Nigerians. 

It is noteworthy that the crisis of the past few weeks has largely supported the notion that the independent marketers were solely profit oriented and cared little or less about the welfare of Nigerians. These marketers choose to sell to "black marketers", a faction of street boys or anxious youths galloping to make ends meet. These capitalists in the oil sector, as I like to call them, sold fuel for N250, N300 and even N400 per litre. Utter madness I tell you! 

The government knows that the scarcity is an artificial one but is unable do much to salvage the situation. They know where the quagmire lies and as a result of their inefficiency in making real their earlier promises, they seem incapable of holding accountable the independent marketers and other culprits as they would have willed.

A lot of Nigerians have called on the President to tender his resignation as Minister of Petroleum calling him inefficient, and accusing him of having a hidden agenda. The opposition party, People's Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, challenged him to get out of the comfort of the Aso Villa and hit the ground like every other minister does when found wanting.

The minister has been unable to deliver, the independent marketers are now in charge- determining who gets fuel and when. Questions that beggars answers are: who will salvage what's left of NNPC's reputation?, and who will deliver the Nigerian from his task masters at the corridors of power and influence? Should the president resign as minister of petroleum, and will that really solve the self inflicted problems for Nigerians, from Nigerians and by Nigerians?


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