Yesterday on Channels Television programme: “Sunday Politics,” the Presidency, through Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, rose in defence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, saying the minister was speaking the truth when he said that Nigerians would have to wait till May for the scarcity to go away.
Adesina said Kachikwu should not be crucified for telling Nigerians the truth. He pointed out that Nigerians were unhappy with the statement credited to the minister because they wanted him to perform magic which would make the commodity readily available in two weeks.
Adesina stressed that the truth which Nigerians should accept was that it would take weeks before the scarcity would go away. In the same vein, the vice chairman, South-South of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, said no one should castigate Kachikwu because he had only exhibited courage in telling Nigerians the truth.
Also speaking in defence of Kachikwu, one-time SSA to GEJ, Doyin Okupe, said Nigerians abhor the truth. Okupe on his Facebook account wrote: “The minister of State for Petroleum is a Nigerian I know by reputation only. When he was appointed I actually wondered why on earth will a man in his exalted international position and pedigree come into the murky arena of the Nigerian oil business. It can only be patriotism.”…. ha! Jagaban will finish ds ppl today…. Cc: Guardian