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Fuel Crisis: Kachikwu apologizes for offensive ‘magician’ remark – ‘I share the pains of Nigerians’
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Fuel Crisis: Kachikwu apologizes for offensive ‘magician’ remark – ‘I share the pains of Nigerians’

Yvonne Williams

Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday apologised to Nigerian over the lingering fuel scarcity in the country and his offending remark when he stated that he was not a magician.

Kachikwu appeared before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources, (Downstream) and explained that his magician comment where he said he can’t cause fuel queues to disappear overnight was not meant to insult Nigerians.

He rejected the call for him to resign over the biting fuel crisis but assured that the fuel queues would disappear within the first two weeks of April, 2016.

He said “Let me thank the Senate for taking time out from your recess to come to dialogue this issue. It shows the importance you attach to the petroleum industry and the feelings of Nigerians.

“Let me just digress. I share the pains of Nigerians. I feel that pain every day when I walk the streets. On Easter day I was in Lagos monitoring fuel distribution and the depots, I have given 24 hours attention to the problems.

“I have continued to work with one sole purpose which is that every problem must have a solution and I think that is the reason I was picked.

“I do apologise for the comment that I made jocularly with my friends in the press about being a magician and it offended Nigerians. It was not meant to be, it was a side jocular issue.

“I did go on to explain what needed to be done. I did not know that it would create the kind of hyperbole that it did.

“Let me first admit that I am not a typically experienced politician. I am a technocrat. I come to work.

“Some of the phraseologies that I may use, while being acceptable in the arena in which I play obviously will not be acceptable in the public political arena.