Kachikwu Keeps Mum After Meeting With Buhari

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The ongoing brouhaha between the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu on Friday seemed to have abated after the minister met with the President, Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dr. Kachikwu arrived at the Presidential Villa around 11:33 am.

The meeting between the President and the Minister of State for Petroleum lasted for about one hour and 20 minutes.

He, however, declined to comment about the meeting with the President.

When asked by journalists about it, his response was “No Comment”.

This comes three days after a letter the minister wrote to the President in which he levelled several allegations against the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, was leaked to the public.

In the letter which was dated August 30, which has since gone viral, he complained to the President that the NNPC boss had sidelined the NNPC board which the minister chairs among other allegations.

The letter was dated a day after the NNPC announced a massive shakeup which affected 55 management staff, the Minister said it wasn’t the first time changes would be made without the Board’s input.

“It is in the spirit of service and absolute belief in your leadership and integrity that I have, after one year of tolerating these disrespectful and humiliating conducts by the GMD, decided to bring these to your attention,” the Minister wrote.

He called on the President to intervene and “save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision” which he is supposed to manage on the President’s behalf.

A day after the letter went viral, the Senate set up a committee to investigate the allegations. Also, in reaction to the letter, some groups and the Peoples Democratic Party have separately called on the President to suspend the NNPC GMD.

Although it remains unclear what the President and the minister discussed today and what action the President will take, many have called for decisive action on the matter.

Among them is Senator Shehu Sani.

For him, the President must take serious action or lose integrity.

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