BY NONYE JULIET EKWENUGO
Coalition of Concerned Northern Forum has withdrawn the 72 hours ultimatum given to Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari and the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Engr. Farouk to resign.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Mallam Ibrahim Bature and Spokesperson of the Forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem stated that their call for the removal of the management of NNPC and the prosecution of importers involved in the contaminated fuel was out of patriotism over the hardship occasioned by the scarcity and the huge economic impact of the bad fuel at a time government is battling with dwindling revenue.
It would be recalled that Coalition of Concerned Northern Forum on Sunday 20th February, 2022 issued 72 hours ultimatum to NNPC GMD to resign.
“We withdraw our notice for the sack of the NNPC management and nationwide protest but remain committed to the sanctioning of the importing companies and their officials”.
“Our position has no political affiliation or influence nor been sponsored by any individual or groups. Our call was borne out of patriotism over the hardship occasioned by the scarcity of premium motor spirit and the huge economic impact of the bad fuel at a time government is battling with dwindling revenue”.
The Forum also called for thorough investigation as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari and urge security agencies to conclude the probe in good time and sanction all those responsible.
“We commend the management of the NNPC for taking prompt action by alerting the nation on the bad fuel and for taking measured steps to recall the bad product and injecting over 700 million litres and the promise of additional 2.1billion litres to address the shortfall”.
“We demand that regulatory and security agencies ensure that fuel stations sale at the maximum installed capacity and in the event any station is found to be sabotaging government’s effort, the product be dispensed free to motorists and such station sealed”.
“We sincerely appreciate the intervention of the Department of State Security Service, the Police Force and our respected Grand Patron, we stand together for a better Nigeria”.