Human rights activists, under the aegis of Civil Society Coalition for Positive Change and Stand Up for Nigeria (SUN), have given the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, 72 hours to resign.
The civil rights groups said the fact that the the fuel crisis is still lingering, shows that Kachikwu has no clue on how to solve the problem.
They also threatened to hold a mass protest in Abuja, if the minister does not resign.
The activists, in a statement said “Nigerians fought hard to vote in this government of change. But to hear the minister say the kind of things he said is not only insulting to Nigerians but showed his gross incompetence. Nigerians will not tolerate such recklessness. In case the minister needs a reminder, the era of incompetence is long gone with the previous administration. “
“Since he has admitted that he cannot restore normalcy to the current fuel crisis, he should immediately resign his position. Indeed, Kachikwu was not coerced to take this job. He accepted the job and its responsibilities knowingly. He also must remember that he does not own NNPC. This also is not a private company that owes nothing to the public except the duty of fair dealing. He is a public servant. The seat he sits upon is owned by Nigerians not by him,” they added.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu also lashed out at Kachikwu over his comments on the fuel scarcity.