Festus Ogun, a Lagos-based lawyer, has launched a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over the country's recent petrol shortage.
The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) announced in February that fuel had been brought into the country with a methanol concentration exceeding the national standard.
The supply chain was affected during efforts to remove the off-spec gasoline from circulation, resulting in long lines at gas stations until April.
Ogun accused the president of bringing "extreme suffering, misery, and agony" to Nigerians during the petrol shortage in a complaint filed before a federal high court in Lagos.
He is seeking the court to declare Buhari's dual function as president and petroleum minister unlawful, among other things.
He also alleged that the petroleum sector was not operated efficiently in a statement released on Monday.
“I solemnly believe that the gross inefficiency and mismanagement in the petroleum sector, that led to the fuel scarcity, is avoidable if the president was not holding the dual position of petroleum minister in violation of Section 138 of the 1999 Constitution,” the statement reads.
I believe that the president’s continuous serving as petroleum minister is not only illegal and unconstitutional, it is inimical to our economic growth and likely to occasion future scarcity and inefficiency that will affect the country and its good people.
“I make bold to say that it is practically and legally impossible for the President to hold his elected position, that comes with enormous responsibilities, contemporaneously with the position of petroleum minister. It has no basis in law, logic and politics.
“If Nigerians suffered that heavily during the fuel scarcity, the president must be answerable for it. There must be consequences.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.