Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria Minister of State for Petroleum has challenged the public outcry urging him to resign his positions as both Minister and Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
During his appearance before the Nigeria Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) to explain measures by his ministry to address the current fuel scarcity, Kachikwu called on his decriers to spare themselves such troubles.
“All those planning to come to Abuja for a protest should save their fuel. I am not going to resign. I have a lot of work to do,” he said.
In the same breath, Kachikwu apologised to Nigerians over his past untoward remark that the lingering fuel shortage upsetting every sector of the economy was insoluble and that he could not perform magic to fix it.
“I do apologise for the comment that I made jocularly with my friends in the press about not being a magician and it offended Nigerians; it was not meant to be, it was a side, jocular issue.
“I did go on to explain what needed to be done, I did not know that it would create the kind of hyperbole (exaggeration) that it did,” he said.
Nigerians are currently undergoing torturous times occasioned by severe fuel shortage distressing the country.