Abuja - The persistent fuel scarcity in the country has marred Christmas festivities in Abuja and Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reports that many filling stations in Abuja had no fuel while the few that were selling had to contend with long queues of motorists.
Anxious motorists were seen at the Forte Filling Station and NNPC Mega-station in the Central Area of the Federal Capital.
Some motorists told NAN that they had to use the Christmas holidays to shop for fuel.
A Civil Servant, Mr Samuel Ogah, lamented that it was becoming increasingly difficult to get fuel on working days when there was long queues at filling stations.
"You know work will resume on Thursday, so, I want to seize this opportunity to fill my tank."
A lawyer, Mr Andrew Omoh, expressed his disappointment with the worsening fuel crisis.
He wondered why fuel would not be available at a time people were celebrating Christmas.
However, the scarcity did not prevent fun seekers from visiting recreation spots in the FCT.
The Wonderland Amusement Park along Airport road witnessed a high turnout of people.
An official of the park, Mr Godwin Amodu, told NAN that Christmas season was always busy for the park.
"You know we always look forward to this season for high patronage but Boxing Day is usually more lucrative for us."
In Lagos, many residents lamented the fuel scarcity which they said, had hampered movement of people celebrating during the yuletide.
Some of the residents who spoke with NAN called on government to urgently intervene by ensuring adequate supply of petroleum products.
The residents expressed displeasure over the sudden scarcity of fuel which they said, became noticeable on Dec. 24.
Many filling stations in the city were closed to business while hundreds of motorists queuing up at few filling stations struggling to buy the commodity.
A motorist, Mr Jare Olorunshoga, who had been on queue for several hours, told NAN that it was unfortunate the scarcity was happening this season.
"I have been in this queue for two hours now which is so frustrating. The government should act fast on this," Olorunshoga said.
Mr Ibrahim Olowo also told NAN that the fuel scarcity was a deliberate act to make Christmas dull for everyone.
"This scarcity has paved way for fuel attendants to make money by selling above the official pump price," Olowo said, urging government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Mrs Ifeoluwa Daniel told NAN that the fuel scarcity had made the Christmas season dull.
"There is no light in this area and people still cannot get petrol to buy to enjoy the festive period," Daniel said.
Meanwhile, a source at the NNPC told NAN that the scarcity was caused by the pipeline explosion that occured at Ijeododo in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos last week.
The official who pleaded anonymity said that system `2B’, which convey petroleum product to South-West states from the Atlas Cove was destroyed.