The Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, criticized President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday for promising to consider the Republic of Burundi’s request for premium motor alcohol, also known as gasoline.

HURIWA’s national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said in a statement that it is shameful and callously evil for Nigeria’s president to promise to reflect on supplying fuel to another African country when the owners of precious natural resources moan over lack and scarcity. sharp gasoline

Buhari gave the assurances on Tuesday when he received the President’s special envoy Evariste Ndayishimiye, who arrived with a message at his office.

At the Burundian leader’s request for assistance in the area of ​​energy supply, particularly fuel, Buhari acknowledged the sentiment of energy shortages and promised that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited would be recruited to look into the application.

However, the Independent Nigerian Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) lamented the high cost of fuel in the south-east and called on the federal government to make petroleum products available to the masses.

Currently, a liter of fuel sells for as high as N350 at some service stations in Anambra State, while some still dispense at N300. This is a far cry from the federally approved retail price of the product, which is N169 per liter.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said: “For about three consecutive months, Nigerians have complained about tight fuel supplies. The development has caused unimaginable hardship for commuters and the motoring public seeking fuel on the black market.

“However, President Buhari promised to consider Burundi’s request for fuel. What a fallacy! A great joke! Cruelly insensitive too!

“To add insult to injury, the President’s regime, who is also the Minister of Petroleum, said that the fuel subsidy will be eliminated in June 2023, while the false amount budgeted for the subsidy in the last eight years cannot be accounted for. .

“It is unfortunate that despite his campaign promises in 2015 to get the country’s refineries running, Buhari has failed to do so as refineries remain moribund while oil theft, oil cartel bribery, illegal price differentials and the bogus subsidy regime continue unchecked.

“However, no one has been arrested or prosecuted. What a pity! Nigerians will remember Buhari for all these failures and hardships and will not make the same mistake in the February 25 presidential election. Nigeria needs an empathetic leader, not a blustering, hawking leader.”