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Nigerians React as National Grid Collapses, Diesel, Aviation Fares Increase

The national power grid crumbled amid a rise in diesel and fuel prices, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to be dubbed a “pandemic.”

The predicament of Nigerians has worsened in recent months as the price of diesel has risen to N700/N800 per litre, and fuel shortages persists despite the absence of electricity.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, or ASUU, has prolonged its strike for another two months, so students are not exempt from the pain.

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Despite the new contract between oil marketers and the Nigerian Airline Operators, Allen Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, disclosed that Nigerians will pay N85,000 for flying tickets.

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Nigerians resorted to social media to vent their dissatisfaction with a government that promised reform but instead exacerbated the country’s economic woes.

They requested that Buhari find a long-term solution to the national grid failing every quarter, the ASUU strike, the paucity of petroleum items, and the economy’s restoration.

Here are some of the Twitter responses:

@Cchukudebelu “How many times have we had a “total system collapse of the National Grid” this year?This is the “Federal Republic of Institutionalized Incompetence, A nation in terminal decline.”

@Anthony_Fedora “It’s year 2022 and the price of petroleum products have skyrocketed, fuel scarcity across the nation, devastating loss of human lives and properties, same government that shot citizens during EndSars protest and today, the national grid has collapsed completely.The Buhari pandemic.”

@Nefertiti “Electricity Generation is at all-time low since 1999. Blackout in major cities is biting. National Grid slumped to 1,320 Megawatts since February. How much did Buhari spend on Electricity Generation in 7+ years? Airlines will shutdown in three days. NNPC won’t give them license to import JetA1. Buhari is Petroluem Minister, London Branch. JetA1 fuel is N670. Abuja-Gombe flight stop at Kano to refuel. One leg flight is N50K. At N210, fuel is still scarce. No light, National Grid has collapsed.”

@Timi_Toye “In the history of Nigeria, things have never been this bad to be honest. National grid has collapsed, 8th week of fuel scarcity, airlines shutting down due to no aviation fuel, ASUU going on strike, police to embark on strike, and our president is not even in the country nor bothered.”

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@Olumuyiwa “Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President at a time where we’re only recovering from eight weeks of fuel queues, facing a collapse of the national grid and a 2 month-long ASUU strike says he’s running for President to change things. Naija Na comedy.”

@Islimfit “The National Grid in Nigeria collapses almost every quarter. Is it held by the tip of a thread? Even Ukraine with all the bombing and shooting, still has light.”

@Oserume1 “7 years of APC, national grid is still collapsing. I thought Fashola has solutions to fix power? Audio fixing, audio solutions!

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@IamTheIroko “No fuel in the land, no diesel, no aviation fuel, incessant national grid collapse, insecurity at its peak, economy paralysis, ASUU strike, epileptic health care, no roads, highest inflation and the man who is the head of the economic team with such a record wants to be President.”

@FS_Yusuf “This government can’t continue to announce to us that National Grid is collapsing, almost every quarter. In a year, the National Grip would collapse more than 3 to 4 times. What is that impossible technical issue that can’t be fixed once and for all? What kind of a country is this!

@BabayodeAdebayo “Is it every day National Grid Collapse in Nigeria! we should change this is getting too much to bear no fuel no light no Dessel and some group of people are happy the way masses are going through this God will Judge every accordingly.”

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