President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the unnecessary hardships inflicted on Nigerians during the Christmas and New Year celebrations following acute petrol scarcity across the country.
The president, who stated this in a nationwide broadcast in Abuja on Monday to mark the New Year, attributed the hardships to the activities of a few but heartless individuals working within the nation’s oil and gas sector.
He, however, reiterated the determination of his administration to get to the root of the persistent petrol scarcity, and ensure that whichever groups were behind this manipulated hardship would be prevented from doing so again.
The president also replied agitators for restructuring of the country and said Nigeria’s problems have more to do with process than structure.
According to him, he has kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “restructuring”, and opined that no human law or edifice is perfect.
Buhari also said Nigerians have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management as the days of business as usual are numbered.
According to him, it is in view of this reality that in 2015 he appealed to people to go back to the land.
He announced that Nigeria would stop importation of rice from 2018, to encourage the production of local rice.