'Nigerians now depend on the black market to survive'

By Victoria Park
BBC News

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media captionScenes from the queues for fuel in Abuja, capital of Nigeria sent to us by Francis Olumide via WhatsApp

A big Nigerian bank is shortening its opening times in the latest sign of the impact of the fuel shortage.

The party of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has accused the outgoing government of "sabotage" as it is failing to deal with the crisis.

The shortage, which has been going on for more than a month, means that Africa's biggest economy is slowly grinding to halt, says the BBC's Will Ross in Lagos.

You have been showing us what is going on in Nigeria via Twitter and WhatsApp.

Mark Uma, Abuja, Nigeria

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image captionQueue at a fuel station in Nigeria

"The queues at fuel stations are terrible and fuel prices are rising hourly.

Fuel stations get the oil overnight at 1am when people are sleeping.

I don't know how they get it.

There are massive queues in the morning as soon as people wake up.

There is no power at the moment either."

media captionNigeria is being crippled by the fuel shortage that the country has been experiencing for more than a month. These scenes were sent to us by Mark Uma via WhatsApp

Zoe Idusogie, Lagos, Nigeria

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"A lot of people are going behind closed doors to buy fuel.

The prices are not the problem now, it is actually getting the fuel.

It is very difficult to get to work. We have to walk to work, but that's not possible for me as it's too far.

This crisis has been going on for three weeks but has now reached a critical situation"

Mohammed Manko, Abuja, Nigeria

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image captionFuel station in Abuja, Nigeria

"It's a very terrible situation. Everything in Nigeria is shutting down.

The prices of every commodity are rising. It's been like this for the last couple of weeks.

It's the government's fault. The government should be paying more attention to creating more refineries"

Francis Olumide, Abuja, Nigeria

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image captionFrancis Olumide: "We are threatening to call a workers' strike in Nigeria"

"It's a very, very critical situation. I would say a national security crisis.

There is no fuel and no light. I cannot power my business premises now.

We are threatening to call a workers' strike in Nigeria.

Nigerians now depend on the black market to survive.

The illegal gas sellers get constant supply but we have empty gas stations.

I am saving the little diesel for evening when it will be dark."

Fuel crisis trending on Twitter

The fuel crisis has been trending on Twitter for most of the day. Some of the most popular trends on Twitter have been: GTBank, Capital Oil, scarcity, #fuelscarcity, outages and fuel.

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image captionTwitter Trendsmap for Lagos, Nigeria

Amen Omere in Abuja tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay the situation in Abuja is terrible, no filling station is selling so far, no Light for more than 4 days in gwarinpa area

Abiodun Ayotope tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay @BBCWorld we can't even get domestic gas coupled with lack of electricity and fuel

Lookman Asha in Lagos tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay @BBCWorld Am in Lagos and the whole city looks like a public holiday. Most offices and banks are shutting down.

Ose Okpeku tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay @BBCWorld this is becoming ridiculous! Just bought diesel for the office at 220 naira a litre.

Uncle Samuel Asimi tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay all activities have come to a complete halt, electricity seems like luxury Nigerians are 'sick of been sick and tired'.

You have also been emailing the BBC

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Nkem Opara in Lagos, Nigeria: The fuel scarcity is so bad in Nigeria and due to a lack of electricity as well, businesses are shutting down, and the rest of the masses are in pitch darkness. I just got emails from Guaranty Trust Bank and Airtel apologising for their inability to carry out normal business operations going forward. Our President GEJ is making no effort to resolve the fuel crisis among other issues, as the country slowly comes to a halt. This might be the worst president we've ever had.

Otunola Seyi in Niger state, Nigeria: There is no fuel and no light. I cannot power my business. Please help us.

Awoyemi Gbenga in Lagos, Nigeria: The economy is going down and Nigeria is the largest oil production in Africa. #PrayforNigeria

Adesola David in Nigeria: Nigeria is really in a devastating state. Even the salaries of some workers are yet to be paid. We are hoping the incoming government will do something about it.

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