See Police Man’s Reaction to Black Market

See Police Man’s Reaction to Black Market
Fuel scarcity has become a recurrent trend in Nigeria every Christmas season. Unfortunately, it has once more, led to increase in transport fares and badly affects travelling.

Long and mostly rowdy queues have remained in petrol stations across the country, despite last Monday’s suspension of a strike action that was embarked upon by The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN). This has given room for illicit sale of petroleum products by touts, in the black market. Although the black market is clandestine, it seems generally approved in Nigeria.

This anomaly has sparked diverse reactions in the social media including Twitter, where #fuelscarcity is currently trending.

In this vein, Ibadancity Announcer (@ibcityannouncer) posted thus: “Photos: BLACK MARKET … LEGAL OR ILLEGAL? Police Officer walks away from young boys selling Black Market Fuel @Sango Roundabout Area #fuelscarcity…”

Replying to this, King Kennedy (@Kengoldkonsults) wrote: “So he should arrest and they lynch him abi? Is he the cause of the #fuelscarcity?”

Equally, Tosin Adenusi (@TosinTnice) replied: “Wetin concern am, na him be nupeng?”

Also, Admax (@admaxworld) stated: “You want them to gather him and beat him to a pulp? Abeg let the man goan meet his family in peace”.

Meanwhile, although it is less than two days to Christmas, the lingering fuel scarcity and its attendant hardship seem unabated in most parts of Nigeria. A news report aired on Channels Television this morning, captured the trend when the Reporter opened with these words: “Push to start. This time it is push to queue. Not for engine failure, but for lack of fuel. Vehicles small and great with empty tanks and long faces”.

A video of the report showed a tricycle rider struggling to push his tricycle in a crowded filling station in Anambra State. The man explained to Channels Television that “I have been in Total Filling Station for the past two hours now. So, before getting to the tank, the fuel exhausted”.

At times like this, it may be necessary to consider this recommendation by Chidi Okereke posted via his twitter handle (@Chydee): “Guys, if you’re driving and your car isn’t full, help someone going your route please. This #FuelScarcity has left people stranded. God bless you as you do.”

Christmas calls for brotherhood and neighbourliness, after all. Let selflessness be our watchword, at this time of seeming adversity in our country.

Cornelius Ellah
Twitter: @lin_cornellah
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