Nigerian fuel crisis sets social media ablaze

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Nigeria crippled by fuel crisis. (Image Credit:

According to a report via the BBC, banks in Nigeria have cut opening times, flights have been cancelled, and telecom operators are now looking at restricting services as Nigeria faces a fuel crisis.

According to the report, the party of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has accused the outgoing government of “sabotage” for failing to deal with the crisis.

The report also reveals that wholesale fuel distributors have been withholding petrol as they say they are owed 1 Billion USD by the government.

According to the BBC report, the shortage means that Africa’s biggest economy is slowly grinding to a halt.

To add to Nigeria’s woes, MTN, Airtel, and Etisalat have warned that scarcity of fuel could potentially disrupt services as they are unable to secure diesel to power their base stations.

According to a statement issued by MTN Nigeria’s Akinwale Goodluck: “MTN’s available reserves of diesel are running low and the company must source a significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria.”

According to, Airtel had sent out messages via SMS to its users to expect “some strain” on its services.

The message reads; “Dear valued customers, this is to inform you that due to nationwide fuel crisis our services may experience some strain. We are doing everything possible to manage the situation. Thank you for understanding.”

With Nigeria facing an imminent crisis, many have taken to social media to voice their opinions and concerns.

Darryl Linington