Nigerian Petrol Supplies 'Sabotaged'
The Nigerian Government has blamed recent petrol shortages on political sabotage. Information Minister Jerry Gana said it was no coincidence that traffic had been paralysed by a lack of petrol in the run-up to general elections in April. Petrol has become scarce in Lagos and some other parts of Nigeria, prompting a return to the long petrol queues common during the military rule, which ended in 1999. Correspondents say that President Olusegun Obasanjo had been citing the end of fuel queues as one of the key dividends of his rule during his re-election campaign. “For three years, we resolved the (fuel shortage) problem and then suddenly because we are now campaigning, some people thought they could make some subterranean moves just to discredit us,” Mr Gana said. Nigeria is a major oil exporter but most petrol is imported. Full Story