Confusion and doubts are now trailing the January 1, 2016 fuel price of N85 promised Nigerians on Friday, December 25, 2015 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
According to worried Nigerians who spoke to YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine, their confusion stems from the fact that not long after joining President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Kachikwu was quoted as saying that the current pump price of N87 will be upped to N97, which he later denied.
Days back again, while Buhari was was presenting the 2016 budget to the National Assembly, he stated categorically that the pump price of fuel won’t move an inch from N87.
And only days later, his junior minister is singing another song by saying that beginning from January 1, 2016 the price of fuel will be reduced to N85. ‘So, you can see our confusion and doubts now. It’s either someone is up to some mischief or one of them is not telling us the truth.
‘In fact, if the news had come from another Ministry, it would have made a little sense. But certainly not the Ministry of Petroleum where both Buhari and Kachikwu are in charge. Kachikwu works directly under Buhari; therefore for both of them to be telling us different things or quoting different prices means that something is wrong somewhere.
‘Just who do we believe among them?’ They asked rhetorically.