*Fuel scarcity is self imposed pain we inflicted on ourselves
Former Secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Chief Ayo Opadokun has decried the presence of Offa and some key Yoruba communities in the northern divide of the country as well as decrying fuel scarcity in the country.
Opadokun spoke in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State at a colloquium organised by the Galaxy Clique in honour of late Chief Josiah Sunday Olawoyin. The lecture was titled “Offa in Yoruba History”.
Opadokun suggested outright ban on importation of fuel into the country to put an end to perennial fuel crisis in the country. He blamed the scarcity on the nation’s over dependence on importation of the premium motor spirit (PMS) into the country.
Said he: “I must confess to you, I am extremely sad, weakened but I know it to be a cumulative effect of the prolonged misrule of the military over Nigeria. When Buhari was there as the military Head of State, the refineries that were built none has been since the one he built. The population was not as large as this, the vehicular movement was not as large and wide as this. Since then what has happened, those who took over from him had totally ravaged Nigeria. What they needed do, they did not do. How on earth will a sane people in government construct the policy on home construction of domestic fuel on importation,.
“I was part of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) team that did sufficient research, we went abroad to Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Venezuela to fund out how much it costs to mine one litre of crude oil. Nigeria’s own is the most costly in the world and then what are they doing now.
“Each time, the independent marketers go ahead to buy at world market so Nigerians are subjected to the vagaries of world market crude oil prices. What has happened in the last three, four months is that because the government was not willing to add more money to their profit, they said they will not import.
“So the NNPC has been importing the totality of fuel being used in Nigeria. But because we have been used to a system where fuel tanks are being built independent marketers, they made that unavailable and impossible for the distribution to go seamless. That is the cause of the crisis.”
Opadokun, who hails from the community asserted that the Offa people were at a disadvantaged position on the basis of their inclusion in Kwara State, which is one of the 19 northern states, when according to them, they share cultural norms and history with the Yoruba.
Offa was and is significant in Yoruba tradition. Offa suffered irreparable loss in the hands of the British colonial officers. Offa is the traditional headquarters of the Ibolo people. Ibolo people are one of the four species of the Yoruba nation.
“Ibolo people are in Offa to Iwo, Ede, Osogbo. Ejigbo and Ikirun, Inisa, Okuku, all of them are Ibolo people. Offa is the traditional headquarters.
“If not for a vicious system organised by the British, how can you take the headquarters of a majority and put it in a minority place where we are minoritised. That is why Offa is an important nation. It is the centre of the attack on the Yoruba nation.”