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Nigerians Should be “Prepared to Bear Some of the Hardship” – Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke blames Nigerians for Petrol Scarcity



For some months now, Nigerians have been groaning under the implications of prolonged petrol scarcity that has crippled businesses and wasted quality time as people spend long hours on queues as petrol stations. In the face of this hardship and to rub more salt on our wounds, the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke has said that Nigerians are to blame for the scarcity.

According to Premium Times, she said at a press conference in Abuja yesterday that Nigerians should stop complaining about petrol scarcity and suffer the pains of it because the scarcity was caused by their demand for transparency in the petroleum sector. 

She added that Nigerians demand for transparency and accountability coupled with the government’s determination to ensure same was the cause of the sufferings.

We cannot eat our cakes and have it. We cannot keep calling out for transparency and accountability and pointing at corruption if we are not prepared to bear some of the hardship that will obviously come when you are trying to clean up a sector,” the Minister was quoted as saying.

Madueke, however, not done with blaming Nigerians for the petrol scarcity, also claimed that the government has already reduced the scarcity being witnessed.

The verifications were being done; payments could not be made by Finance and I think they have said that severally, but the verifications have been done; payments are now being made and like I said the queues have actually begun to go down.” 

Premium Times further noted that in Abuja where she claimed the scarcity has reduced and where she is based as Minister, motorists still spend several hours on petrol queues which sometimes are over 200m long; with many petrol stations not even selling the product. Black market operators can be seen selling the product at over 100 per cent the approved price with their transparent jerry-cans everywhere in the Nigerian capital.

The Minister however gave Nigerians some hope as she said the scarcity should disappear before the festive period. She said already the ministry had released petroleum products from its strategic reserve to reduce shortages.

The Minister’s statement has not gone down well with Nigerians. Many say that she shouldn’t be putting the blame on the people for the failure of the Petroleum Ministry. Transparency and accountabilty are qualities every Ministry should have had long before now and so Nigerians don’t have to bear the burden of the Ministry’s efforts in achieving this.



Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. pade

    December 6, 2012 at 10:03 am


  2. linda

    December 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I do not blame the Minister for uttering such nonsense. I blame the government for putting her there. I keep saying it that the Jonathan’s government is a failure and we Nigerians that put him there are to blame for it. One thing i am glad about is the fact that i did not vote for him. Otherwise i will be disappointed in myself. Nigerians get ready we still have a long way to go with this government.

  3. Nkelly

    December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Issorait madam, its really not your fault and i keep wondering what it is you have actually done apart from stealing money yourself and going to the pressing, is it wrong to ask for transparency??? Mscheeeeeeeeeeew

    • Jats

      December 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      What the bloody heck is, “Issorait”? Where is the indignation. Such dumbness and backwardness is the reason for Nigeria’s shameful governance. “Issorait”?! get off of BN and get some knowledge. It is not freaking, “issorait”? What the heck??

    • mama

      December 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      its like jats is related to this woman. if not why would you be so myopic and leave important issues to dwell on a useless issue (as far as this post is concerned)

    • diamond

      December 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      @ Jats, oga too know. that’s our slang here o jare! Cant you air your views politely. it’s you that is backward and need to get off BN.

  4. mhyde

    December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Its not her fault na. The likes of the dont buy fuel so they can never know the hardship Nigerians are facing. I only shook my head for her children and unborn generation. They think they will forever have it all, but thats not the way life operate.

  5. ABCOG

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Where do they find the guts? She sounds like she feels she is doing Nigeria a favour…

  6. luqman

    December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Nigerians are to be blamed for Jonathan maladministration bcos we were the one voted for Jonathan not PDP and we have paid for the consequences due to the fact that we believed that he was going to be the messier we had been waiting for but reverse was the case.
    Jonathan used election regularity to deceive Nigerians and I knew that he would try to do some projects at the end of his tenure ( to raise the bar from being most criticized to the most praised president) to gain the interest of masses again for 2015 but he has failed .

  7. X factor

    December 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Our government officials have gone stark raving mad.. some one please help,….. their sense of judgement has been beclouded by greed and sheer hatred for the people they were elected and appointed to serve……..we need to get rid of this insane animals fast…….

  8. lore

    December 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    May God reward you Diezani…You are the petroleum minister because your sister is the mother of Jonathans kids…You bought a house in vienna for over 20M Euros, you own a private jet which you bought with govt funds under the name of walter wagbatsoma…You should bear the hardship on your own, you evil people.

  9. Kcee

    December 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Dis woman,u re wicked n mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make ogun slap u for making such statements!!!!!!!!!!


    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

    WHAT IS THIS BULL??????????????????????????? I am too pissed to compose any sane thought.

  11. Theodora

    December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Are u kidding me, hellooooooooooooo what rubbish is this lady saying,

  12. divea

    December 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    What errant nonsense coming from her mouth.Seriously, i don’t blame her at all. So, because of the transparency stuff we Nigerians should be blamed for the fuel scarcity abi. Is the government not meant to find a way to relieve its citizens of the hardship they are being put through but they can siphon money, set aside millions of naira for houses and banquet halls. In fact, let them rant no be their fault

  13. mikel

    December 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Dis woman is a big fool,if she make such statement in western world by now oppositions will be calling for her resignation.thank your God dis is nigeria

  14. Benson

    December 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Every human will get rewarded according to his work on the last day.May God have mercy on our leaders,and everybody.

  15. ruth

    December 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    we cnt blame diezani 4 not knwing d queues r still lengthy.its so comfortable 4 her 2 sit in her office&say wt eva she lyk or inks is ryt.

  16. Limog

    December 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Bellanaija. I have never seen my comments posted.

    My thoughts now: After reading this articles and focusing on the comment made by the Petroleum Minister, i’m moved to wonder why in the world such an enlightened person will make such a statement. Is it wrong for the people to demand for transparency and accountability???? Nigerians do not deserve what is going on at all. The Ministers and top government officials aren’t feeling it at all because they do not have to queue up for fuel. #We should watch our utterances

  17. Chi

    December 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    It is only a minister who feels she is untouchable that will make such statements. I am glad I did not vote for Jonathan. I hope people who voted for him can see that he should not return in 2015. Someone (Diezani) who is supposed to be a servant of the people is busy rubbing mud in our faces …….. Only in Nigeria!

  18. Phantom

    December 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    It’s really not her fault. If she had any sense of decency, she would have quit her job weeks ago and apologized to Nigerians. Instead she has the gall to utter such insensitive rubbish. So I’ll be insensitive too and ask her to please shut it (Mind U, isn’t this the same woman who’s son went to UMCP, and was a big flashy “pop champagne” at the club idiot?). Sorry ppl I’m just so irritated. I’ll be home in a few wks and I’m not looking forward to a repeat of last year’s BS.

  19. oluchye

    December 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    She is a fooolish woman…. She feels all is well with her and she is doing us a favour. The government is a total failure from onset. i thank God i didnt vote pdp cos i know it is still the same mistake they will produce for us. it is only our country that there is no accountability for any position. Madame minister your time is up………

  20. ty

    December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    see illiteracy, rubbish and nonsense oozing out of our leaders’ mouth… Oma ga oooo, am sure she believes she is well learned and exposed too… Such a pity… #SMH

  21. Ides of March

    December 7, 2012 at 5:51 am

    They are not afraid of doing/saying all this because Nigerians just shake their heads and take it and so the punishment continues. When is enough going to be enough?? Where is the limit of how far they can push? We allow them space to punish us and yet we are surprised when they do??!

  22. posh

    December 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This woman is insane….how dare her,….I dnt av d right words to say but I hope she reads all this comments and get hit by a train

  23. Amoo Ayishat

    December 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Nigerians asking for transparency and accountability shouldn’t result into fuel scarcity. Every democratic government has to be transparent and accountable in its dealings and no citizen should suffer from that or bear the hardship.

    No doubt, the minister’s word has not gone down well with Nigerians because Nigerian’s shouldn’t be blamed for knowing what they ought to know. It is the responsibility of every government to be transparent and accountable, therefore the petroleum minister shouldn’t blame Nigerians.

    Another very important point is that the readers should be careful in the way they comment and also the way they react to this story, because ethically, abusive or insulting words shouldn’t be used or found in the media. People could express their anger in different ways without using abusive words and statements, because some abusive and libelous words might incite people.

    Also, the medium should properly check comments that seems abusive and libelous before publishing it. No doubt, there is freedom of expression but that doesn’t mean we should pass on abusive comments no matter how angry we are concerning a story or an issue because it is not part of journalistic ethics.


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