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Buhari Apologises For Total Blackout,Continued Fuel Scarcity

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, March 16, apologised to Nigerians over the challenges they have felt due to the complete electricity blackout which occurred during the week. The president also apologised for the fuel scarcity which has lasted weeks forcing Nigerians to spend some reasonable period of time in long queues at petrol stations. The Cable reports that a statement issued by the spokesperson to the president, Garba Shehu, said the federal government is taking appropriate steps to address the challenges.

Shehu added that President Buhari regrets that inconvenience and sufferings heaped on Nigerians by the power outage and fuel scarcity.Also talking tough on the matter, the president assured that sanctions would be taken against those who have brought this pain upon Nigerians. Leadership reports that the statement said the present administration is aware that the challenge of fuel scarcity has put a strain on Nigerians and their businesses.

Buhari, however, assured that relief is on the way for all Nigerians. He said: “I especially apologise to all sections of society for this…The government is working round the clock to attend to this issue. “An action plan agreed upon earlier this month is being implemented to address the scarcity.” The Federal Government had earlier assured Nigerians that the challenge of total electricity blackout across the country will soon come to an end.

The minister of power said that the national grid which collapsed on Tuesday, March 15, has been restored. According to the minister, the vandalization of gas pipelines has been the major cause of the collapse of the national grid.