Following the importation of adulterated fuel, President Muhammadu Buhari did not order that a query be granted to the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a national newspaper on February 9 published a story, credited to an unnamed source, that President Buhari, who doubles as Minister of Petroleum, directed the Minister of State, Timipre Sylva, to issue a query to the NMDPRA boss over the occurrence.
However, Nexus news gathered that an authoritative source in the Presidency corroborated to State House correspondents that nothing of such ever transpired.
According to the competent Presidency source, on Tuesday:
“There was no directive to issue a query. What Mr President is interested in is for all the stakeholders to team up, and resolve the issue that has brought untold hardship to Nigerians, who queue hours on end to get petrol.
“The President is aware that the Minister of State, the Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, the NMDPRA Head, and everyone involved, are working together to resolve the issues, at the shortest possible time.”
He further said that what was the priority of the president regarding the issue was the restoration of smooth supply of quality petrol to Nigerians, “and not recriminations or blame game.
“Forget the story of any query being issued. It is not correct. Yes, Mr President is unhappy with what happened, but he didn’t direct that a query be issued. The story is not correct,” the source emphasised.